Northeast Times

Undercover cops make prostitution, drug arrests

  • Jamie Barrera

  • Omar Alvarado

  • Irina Bogdanova

The Ra­mada Inn on Roosevelt Boulevard is home to one of the city’s top-rated com­edy clubs, but when the po­lice de­part­ment’s City Wide Vice Unit shows up at the hotel, it’s no laugh­ing mat­ter.

Un­der­cov­er cops raided a room and ar­res­ted an al­leged hook­er as well as a sus­pec­ted drug deal­er at the hotel on March 13. The bust was one of two pros­ti­tu­tion-re­lated stings car­ried out by the vice unit that day. Sep­ar­ately, of­ficers also ar­res­ted a Tre­vose wo­man for al­legedly us­ing an un­li­censed mas­sage busi­ness on Gei­ger Road to sell sex.

The Ra­mada Inn is at 11580 Roosevelt Blvd., only a couple of blocks from the scene of an un­re­lated pros­ti­tu­tion raid on March 5. This time, po­lice made con­tact with the sus­pec­ted hook­er through a clas­si­fied ad­vert­ise­ment on the World Wide Web. The cop posed as a John and was in­struc­ted to meet the wo­man in Room 210.

Once in­side the room, the of­ficer met Jam­ie Bar­rera, 31, of the 4700 block of Shef­field St. in Holmes­burg. Bar­rera al­legedly offered to have sex with the cop for money. She was ar­res­ted on pros­ti­tu­tion and drug pos­ses­sion charges. Po­lice did not say what type of drugs the wo­man had.

Dur­ing the in­vest­ig­a­tion, po­lice also en­countered Omar Al­varado at the hotel. Al­varado, 29, of the 3500 block of N. Fifth St., al­legedly had 54 pack­ets of crack co­caine in his pos­ses­sion and $401 cash. They ar­res­ted him for drug pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liv­er.

In an un­re­lated case, vice cops re­ceived a tip from an un­dis­closed source of pos­sible pros­ti­tu­tion activ­ity in a com­mer­cial prop­erty at 220 Gei­ger Road, near Red Li­on Road, in Bustleton. An un­der­cov­er of­ficer went to the ad­dress on March 13, os­tens­ibly to get a mas­sage. Dur­ing the vis­it, Ir­ina Bog­dan­ova, 43, of the 1800 block of Brid­getown Pike in Tre­vose, al­legedly offered to have sex with the of­ficer for cash. She was ar­res­ted for pros­ti­tu­tion, so­li­cit­a­tion and prac­ti­cing mas­sage without a li­cense. ••

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