Press release - Prostitution/Pimping Investigation

Published 7/25/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Prostitution/Pimping Investigation
DATE/TIME:  7/21/11, 1500 hours
LOCATION:  100 block of South Hayes Avenue, Oxnard
 13200 block of Filmore Street, Pacoima
SUSPECT(S):  Carlos Hernandez, 30 years (Oxnard resident)
 Marianna Cervantes, 22 years (Los Angeles resident)
 Esperanza Umana, 49 years (Pacoima resident)
 Mariana Alvarez-Gallegos, 21 years (Pacoima resident)
PREPARED BY:  Sergeant Greg Hebert
CONTACT INFO: Office 805-385-7636


On 7/21/11, at about 1500 hours, officers from the Oxnard Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Los Angeles Police Department served two search warrants in the cities of Oxnard and Pacoima. The search warrants were the result of a four month investigation into a prostitution operation.

When officers entered the Hayes Avenue address, Hernandez and Cervantes were located inside. Officers found a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, several thousand dollars and paraphernalia related to prostitution. Hernandez was arrested for 266h (a) PC pimping, 236 PC false imprisonment, 236.1(a) PC human trafficking, 653.23(a) (1) PC supervising prostitution and several other misdemeanor charges. Cervantes was arrested for 647(b) PC prostitution. Hernandez was booked into Ventura County Jail on the above listed charges and an immigration hold with bail set at $100,000. Cervantes was booked into Ventura County Jail for 647 (b) PC and an immigration hold with bail set at $5,000.

When officers entered the Filmore Street address, Umana and Gallegos were located inside. Officers found a small amount of currency and paraphernalia related to prostitution. Umana and Gallegos were booked into Ventura County Jail under an immigration hold.

If you have any information related to these crimes, please contact Officer James Langford of the Oxnard Police Department at 805-385-7650. The investigation is ongoing.

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