Coahoma County, MS

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Coahoma County is  located in the Delta region of Mississippi. Its population is about 21,000 and its government seat is Clarksdale. In May 2009, a county supervisor and cardiologist was arrested and charged with the federal crime of soliciting prostitution across state lines. A federal investigation began when the suspect’s former colleague gave an FBI agent the doctor’s ‘‘electronic communications’’ from a work computer the two shared. The agent began monitoring, an online chat room for wealthy ‘‘Sugar daddies’’ to meet ‘‘Sugar babies’’ for ‘‘companionship and entertainment.’’ The investigator found “attempts to solicit sexual acts from females in exchange for gifts and monetary payment.” The information was used to obtain a search warrant to view the suspect’s e-mails. An FBI agent posing as a prostituted woman began communicating with the suspect on the Web site, and the agent was given an e-mail address to set up a meeting. A second undercover officer began chatting with the suspect, who agreed to set up a ‘‘threesome’’ with two prostituted persons. The suspect called a few days later and offered to pay the women $400 each, and agreed to meet them in a Coahoma County truck stop. He was arrested, and was carrying nearly $1,100 in cash. He was arraigned in federal court in Greenville.

Key Partners

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
State Mississippi
Type County
Population 20810
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