Weldon, NC

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

Weldon is a small town of less than 1,700 residents, situated near Roanoke Rapids in Halifax County, North Carolina.  The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and the Weldon Police Department have received numerous complaints about street prostitution, particularly in the area of Elm and Green streets.

In an October 2013 operation dubbed “Operation Trick or Treat,” the Weldon Police Department conducted an undercover sting in response to complaints of prostitution that included the area traditionally known as South Weldon, and areas in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the town (i.e., an unincorporated area of Halifax County on the southern outskirts of the town).  In the first phase of the operation, the police department and undercover agents worked to pick up women soliciting prostitution. Two days later, police conducted a reverse sting, using a female undercover officer to arrest those seeking prostituted women. The names, ages, and photos of arrestees were released to news outlets.

In March 2018, An undercover agent with the City County Drug Task Force was sent to a local hotel after officers from the Weldon Police Department made complaints of suspected prostitution and drug sales. The prostituted woman was arrested, as well as the sex buyer on charges of solicitation of prostitution and possession of marijuana. The sex buyer’s identity was publicly disclosed.

Key Partners

  • Halifax County Sheriff’s Office
  • Weldon Police Department
  • City County Drug Task Force
State North Carolina
Type City
Population 1628
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