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Prostitution Crackdown Nets 5 Arrests in Augusta; Cops Find Drugs & Weapon on Male Suspect

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The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office made five arrests early Friday in its latest crackdown on prostitution in the Augusta area.

Here are the names and charges:

  • Christina Allen, 40, of Augusta, Solicitation or transport for prostitution
  • Dwayne Williams, 27, of Thomson, Cocaine possession with intent to distribute, solicitation or transport for prostitution, theft by receiving stolen property – felony, weapon possession
  • Samantha Topolski-Prickett, 31, of Harlem, Solicitation or transport for prostitution
  • Shiala Rivas, 33, of Goose Creek, Solicitation or transport for prostitution
  • Taylor Quarles, 26, of Augusta, Solicitation or transport for prostitution

Members of the RCSO Narcotics/Vice/Gang division usually set up their operation in a local hotel room, targeting both the women who sell themselves online and the men who transport them.

The vice unit targeted websites where the women advertise their services with pictures and phone numbers. Officers called them and recorded what they were willing to do. The meet-up is usually done at a local undisclosed hotel, where officers set up undercover video surveillance to record the offer before making the arrest.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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