Clyde police make prostitution arrests

By DeeAnna Haney | Apr 08, 2014
James Lee Ramsey

A man and woman accused of promoting prostitution from an apartment in Clyde were arrested Monday.

James Ramsey, 29, of Clyde and Vicky Cecero, 25, of Waynesville, are both accused of advertising prostitution through social media and attracting people to the apartment for sex acts.

The apartment was fronted by a storefront called Wild Things Plantation, where they were selling animals such as ducks, chickens and goats, said new Clyde Police Chief Terry Troutman.

The two weren't residing at the apartment, which wasn't in livable condition, he said.

"That was just their secondary business location," Troutman said.

Law enforcement have been conducting surveillance at the apartment at 7937 Carolina Blvd. in Clyde since early March, according to a press release from the Clyde Police Department.

Through investigation, police found the location has been advertised through social media as a business in what investigators believe has been conducting acts of prostitution.

Surveillance and subsequent investigation revealed the business was attracting individuals from several counties and even from out of state, including several people who were registered sex offenders.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant at the apartment Monday. The arrests were the effort of multiple law enforcement agencies called the Unified Narcotics Investigative Team, a multi-jurisdictional task force in Haywood County.

Both suspects face felony charges for promoting prostitution. Ramsey is also charged with maintaining a place for prostitution, felony conspiracy and is a fugitive out of Georgia.

Ramsey remains in custody under $60,000 bond and Cecero was released on a written promise to appear in court.

The investigation is still ongoing and other charges and arrests are possible, Troutman said.

"This operation is just another example of all the law enforcement agencies in the county working together to address criminal concerns that plague our communities," Troutman said in the press release.

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