9 arrested in internet prostitution sting in Montgomery County

Hassian Brown
Hassian Brown

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Nine people were arrested in an internet prostitution sting conducted as part of an ongoing human trafficking investigation.

The Montgomery County Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Enforcement task force along with the Butler Twp. and Vandalia police departments focused on prostitution-related advertisements posted on various websites.

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Undercover detectives arrested nine people during the sting for prostitution and drug-related charges.

Hassian Brown, 43, was arrested Wednesday at a Butler Twp. hotel on Miller Lane off Interstate 75 and booked at the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of promoting prostitution.

Jessica Berkman, 29; Joseph Lunne, 47; Kush Patel, 25; Lashasha Ruggles, 33; Lawrence Wellner, 63; and Ivy Wilks were arrested and booked at the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of soliciting and criminal tools charges.

Rebecca Buchanan, 46 Butler twp. hotel; and William Hay, 29, were arrested and booked at the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of possession of drugs.

The RANGE task force is continuing to investigate.