MERIDEN — Police said they arrested seven people and shut down an alleged prostitution ring at a Bee Street hotel during a raid on Wednesday.
Elizabeth Henault, 24, of 18 Cutler St., Groton, was arrested on charges including prostitution, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell.
Police said the following people were also arrested on narcotics and prostitution-related charges: Christopher Perry, 29, of 218 Laural Hill, Norwich; Nicole Laplant, 21, of 24 Lake Road, Portland; David McKinley, 25, of 82 Hank Hill Road, Mansfield; Jessica Roberts, 26, of 61 Saddle Hill Drive., Guilford; Lime Stuckey, 31, of 82 Burr Ave., Middletown; and Timothy Lee, 30, of 366 Bee St., Meriden.
Police raided two hotel rooms at the Extended Stay Hotel on Bee Street after receiving complaints about drug use and prostitution. A message left for a manager of the hotel was not immediately returned on Thursday.
According to police reports, hotel management reported that they had received complaints about prostitution and drug use in two hotel rooms. A manager also told police she had reported witnessing people selling drugs in the parking lot. Police conducted surveillance and after seeing drugs sold went into one of the rooms. After finding thousands of dollars in cash and marijuana, cocaine and other drug paraphernalia, officers spoke with the people they found in the room, the police report said. One of the women admitted that prostitution was taking place and said a woman was with a client in the room next door. Police interviewed others in the room and determined the women had posted ads on a website offering an “escort service.” Police identified the people in the hotel room as Roberts, Lee, Stuckey, McKinley, Laplant and Perry.
When police knocked on the door of the second room, a woman refused to open the door, and officers had to force their way in, the report said. Police found Henault in the room partially clothed and a man that had locked himself in the bathroom. The man admitted he had paid $225 for sex. Police found the money stashed inside a Bible.
Police found a total of $2,652 in cash, over 25 condoms, about 20 grams of marijuana and 7.2 grams of cocaine, the report said.
Laplant’s bond was set at $7,500. Stucky’s bond was set at $5,000, Lee’s bond was set at $75,000. Perry had outstanding arrest warrants and bond was set at a total of $135,000. Henault’s bond was set at $17,000. They are all due back in court on June 10.
Bond for both McKinley and Roberts was set at $25,000. Roberts is due in court on June 5, McKinley is due in court on June 3.