Authorities Arrest 30 in Trafficking Bust

Authorities Arrest 30 in Trafficking Bust

( – When many Americans hear about sex trafficking, they immediately think of cartels smuggling teenagers across state and international borders with ill intentions. Sadly, those kinds of tragic crimes occur inside American borders every day. However, a recent federally-led operation resulted in dozens of arrests and several rescues.

On December 27, 2021, the US Marshals Service announced the arrest of 30 individuals and rescue of 5 missing or endangered teens by an operation led by the service’s New Orleans Task Force. Seventeen of the arrests involved felony sex offender registration violations. The task force conducted the operation from mid-October through December 24, 2021.

Operation Boo Dat 2021 partnered US Marshals with several local law enforcement agencies, including the Louisiana State Police, New Orleans Police Department, and the sheriffs’ departments for the Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

Several other agencies also assisted in the operation, including the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Greater New Orleans Crimestoppers, and the Louisiana departments of Probation and Parole and Child and Family Services.

Key arrests included tier-three sex offender Lorenzo Oliver who had an outstanding felony warrant for the rape of a 12-year-old girl, and Lamonte Versill Morris, who had a similar warrant involving a 14-year-old. Taskforce members also arrested a 17-year-old girl with ties to organized gang activity on a felony warrant for human trafficking.

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