Two Baltimore men were arrested in Elkridge after police say they were trading crack cocaine and money for sex.
Howard County Police arrested Leroy Robinson, 34, and William Wyatt, 18, last week after they saw the men acting suspiciously while walking from the Hillside Motel in the 6300 block of Washington Boulevard.
When the officers went to approach the men, Wyatt reached for a knife in his pocket. After an investigation police found Wyatt was carrying a knife, a handgun, seven vials of crack cocaine, five bags of marijuana, over $650 in cash, two cell phones, and a key to a motel room. Police later learned Robinson had arranged a prostitution appointment for Wyatt at the motel room in exchange for drugs.
Officers went to the motel room and found a 21-year-old woman. Police believe Robinson rented the room and arranged prostitution appointments for the woman, took her money, and then traded sex with the woman for drugs.
Detectives were able to find sexual service ads for the 21-year-old on the website Backpage.com.
Wyatt was charged with multiple firearm violations as well as drug distribution, and Robinson was charged with human trafficking, prostitution, and drug distribution. The woman found in the motel room was offered support services.
Anyone with information about human trafficking in Howard County is encouraged to call 410-313-STOP or email HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.