Suspects Arrested for Prostitution
Detectives from the Gaithersburg Police Street Crimes Unit arrested 50-year-old Maria Puertas of 160 Street in Fresh Meadows, New York, 39-year-old Brenda Hernandez of North Summit Drive in Gaithersburg, MD and 39-year-old Fabiola Lira-Gomez of North Summit Drive in Gaithersburg, MD on May 31, 2012. All three defendants have been charged with prostitution and possession of a controlled dangerous substance-not marijuana.
During the month of May, detectives received complaints from citizens and information from fellow officers about possible prostitution activity in the 400 block of North Summit Avenue. During the course of the investigation several males responding to the solicitation of females were identified. Based on the information a search and seizure warrant was obtained.
As a result of the warrant several items such as condoms, advertising calling cards and over $3,000 in U.S. currency plus a quantity of cocaine was recovered.
The women who prostituted themselves would come from surrounding states for an undisclosed amount of time and then return back home when they were done.
Hernandez, Lira-Gomez, and Puertas are currently being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center without bond.