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Police arrest 6 women during prostitution sting at McAllen hotel

Veronica Cruz Lopez, 22, of McAllen is charged with prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor. (Photo courtesy of the McAllen Police Department)

Investigators arrested six women Thursday during a prostitution sting at a McAllen hotel.

The McAllen Police Department conducted the prostitution sting Thursday with help from the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Investigators installed hidden cameras in a hotel room and contacted women as part of an operation “targeting online female escort service,” according to criminal complaints filed with the McAllen Municipal Court. Women started arriving at the hotel Thursday morning.

Officers arrested:

Veronica Cruz Lopez, 22, of McAllen and Iris Ivonne Rodriguez, 41, of Pharr.

At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Lopez arrived at the hotel room, according to the criminal complaint against her.

"Ms. Lopez introduced herself as DIOR," according to the criminal complaint, which added that she quoted a price of $100 for 30 minutes and $150 for a full hour.

After Lopez confirmed that the price included sex, the undercover officer signaled investigators and they arrested her, according to the criminal complaint.

"Ms. Lopez admitted to investigators that a female by the name of Iris Ivonne had made the arrangements for her to come to the hotel and have sex with a male for money," according to the criminal complaint.

Police arrested Rodriguez outside the hotel.

Lopez is charged with prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor. Rodriguez is charged with promoting prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor.

Both women remained at the Hidalgo County jail Saturday and couldn't be reached for comment.

Rosa Nelly Rivas, 33, of Sullivan City and Jesusa Gloria Espinoza, 27, of Pharr

At 11 a.m. Thursday, Rivas and Espinoza arrived at the hotel room, according to the criminal complaints against them. Rivas quoted a price of $140 for sex with both of them.

Rivas asked the undercover investigator to "show her his penis and to touch her body to prove that he was not law enforcement," according to the criminal complaint. The investigator refused to expose himself, but Rivas grabbed his hands and placed them on her breast.

The undercover officer signaled investigators, who arrested both women.

"While Investigators were detaining both females Ms. Espinoza was yelling to Ms. Rivas that she had made the arrangements for this deal and had promised her that everything was going to be ok," according to the criminal complaint against Espinoza.

Rivas is charged with promoting prostitution, a Class A misdemeanor, and prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor. Espinoza is charged with prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor.

Espinoza remained at the Hidalgo County jail Saturday and couldn't be reached for comment. Attempts to reach Rivas for comment were unsuccessful.

Charslene Lee Gamez, 33, of Donna

At 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Gamez arrived at the hotel room.

Gamez requested $150 for a full hour, according to the criminal complaint against her.

Gamez also asked the undercover officer to prove he wasn't a policeman by touching her, according to the criminal complaint.

"Ms. Gamez grabbed both his hands and placed them on her breast," according to the criminal complaint. She also grabbed the investigator's penis.

After Gamez confirmed she would have sex for $150, the undercover officer signaled investigators, according to the criminal complaint.

Gamez is charged with prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor.

Attempts to reached Gamez for comment were unsuccessful.

Krystal Rose Velasquez, 26, of Mercedes

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Velasquez arrived at the hotel room.

Velasquez said she would have sex with the undercover officer for $350, according to the criminal complaint against her.

After the undercover officer handed Gamez four $100 bills, investigators arrested her.

Gamez is charged with prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor.

Attempts to reached Velasquez for comment were unsuccessful.

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