PLEASANTVILLE — The FBI Child Exploitation Task Force arrested four people Wednesday at a hotel after a two-month investigation involving prostitution, guns and drug activity.
The search warrants led to four arrests at the Homestead Apart-Hotel on the Black Horse Pike.
The people charged, according to a statement issued by the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department, are:
Henry Lovest, 40, of Pleasantville, charged with unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, certain person not to possess a firearm, compelling prostitution and drug offenses.
Xena Allen, 22, of Pleasantville, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, drug offenses and municipal warrants.
Tracy Truax, 45, of Pleasantville, charged with engaging in prostitution and drug offences and a municipal warrant.
Luis Torres, of Pleasantville, charged with an outstanding Superior Court warrant for failure to appear and controlled dangerous substance.
The task force was on the scene for two search warrants to two different rooms, according to Jessica Weisman, FBI special agent of the Northfield office.
The task force is made up of detectives from the FBI, the Sheriff’s Office, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the State Police and the New Jersey Human Services Police Department.
A mother of a 12-year-old boy who has been living at Homestead for a couple of months said Wednesday she noticed the FBI on the property about 7 a.m.
“I saw people taking stuff out of a room,” said the woman, who wanted to remain unidentified.
The mother said she doesn’t feel safe in a motel or hotel because she said it is not as private as an apartment and because of the number of people entering and exiting the place.
“You never know what you are living next to,” she said.
Staff Writer Vincent Jackson contributed to this report.