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Ringleader of El Paso and Baltimore-based federal human trafficking investigation sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2013

In El Paso, 45-year-old Alarcon Allen Wiggins (aka “Alarcon Tha Don”), the C.E.O. of 424 Records, 1 Team 1 Family Entertainment, DBD TV and DBD Productions in Baltimore, MD, was sentenced yesterday to 212 months in federal prison for his leadership role in a forced prostitution scheme based in El Paso and Baltimore announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist.

In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Frank Montalvo ordered that Wiggins pay $24,879.83 restitution and be placed under supervised release for a period of ten years after completing his prison term.  On August 8, 2013, Wiggins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit human trafficking and conspiracy to transport women for purposes of prostitution.

Alarcon and nine other Baltimore residents have been convicted and sentenced as part of this investigation.  Sentences for the other defendants ranged from probation to 186 months incarceration. 

According to court records, the defendants were involved in a scheme from January 2009 until their arrests in October 2011 which included human trafficking; transport via interstate commerce for prostitution; coercing and enticing for prostitution; and, the concealing, removing or confiscating identification documents—all for financial benefit.  Wiggins and other defendants used their ties to the music industry to recruit young women then force them to work as strippers and prostitutes while confiscating all means of communication from the victims, namely cell phones and laptop computers; confiscating all identification documents from victims; prohibiting any communication by the victims and personal interaction with anyone outside the group without the defendants’ permission or in their presence; and, collecting all victims’ earnings for the benefit of the defendants.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorneys J. Brandy Gardes and Daniel Crumby prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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