Joint Human Trafficking Operation Results in more than a Dozen Arrests

CHATTANOOGA – A two-day undercover operation by Special Agents with the TBI Human Trafficking Unit and Task Force, the Chattanooga Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations has resulted in the arrest of 14 men accused of seeking illicit sex from minors. Over a two-day period beginning December 9th, as part of an undercover investigation aimed … Continue reading Joint Human Trafficking Operation Results in more than a Dozen Arrests

Joint Human Trafficking Operation Results in Eight Arrests

JOHNSON CITY – A two-day undercover operation by Special Agents with the TBI Human Trafficking Unit and detectives with the Johnson City Police Department has resulted in the arrest of several men accused of seeking illicit sex from minors Over a two-day period beginning March 12th, as part of an undercover investigation aimed at addressing human … Continue reading Joint Human Trafficking Operation Results in Eight Arrests

16 Arrested, Accused of Seeking Sex with Minors, in Rutherford County Human Trafficking Sting

SMYRNA – A two-day, undercover operation by several law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrests of 16 men accused of seeking illicit sex from minors. Over a two-day period beginning October 24th, as part of an undercover investigation aimed at addressing human trafficking in Rutherford County, authorities placed several decoy advertisements on websites known … Continue reading 16 Arrested, Accused of Seeking Sex with Minors, in Rutherford County Human Trafficking Sting

Joint Human Trafficking Investigation Results in Four Arrests

CLEVELAND – An investigation by Special Agents with the Human Trafficking Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, detectives with the Cleveland Police Department, and investigators with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of two Tennessee men, and two men from Georgia. Over a three-day period beginning August 15th, as part … Continue reading Joint Human Trafficking Investigation Results in Four Arrests

Four Men Arrested, Charged in Ongoing Human Trafficking Investigation

BLOUNT COUNTY – An undercover operation conducted by the Human Trafficking Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Alcoa Police Department, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryville Police Department, and the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force has resulted in the arrest of four men. On Friday and Saturday, as part of a joint … Continue reading Four Men Arrested, Charged in Ongoing Human Trafficking Investigation

Accused Trafficker Arrested, Three Juvenile Victims Recovered in Weekend Sting

NASHVILLE – In a joint effort, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Brentwood Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Department of State have arrested a Memphis woman accused of trafficking juveniles for the purpose of illicit sex. During a collaborative push to address human trafficking in Middle Tennessee … Continue reading Accused Trafficker Arrested, Three Juvenile Victims Recovered in Weekend Sting

Kingsport Man Arrested for a Second Time in Ongoing Human Trafficking Investigation

KINGSPORT – Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Kingsport man for a second time as part of an ongoing human trafficking investigation. Earlier this year, TBI Agents began investigating Zachery Felton (DOB 4/14/85) after he was arrested during a joint undercover human trafficking operation with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. … Continue reading Kingsport Man Arrested for a Second Time in Ongoing Human Trafficking Investigation

Two Arrested, Charged in McMinn County Human Trafficking Investigation

MCMINN COUNTY – A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,  the Athens Police Department, and the Office of the 10th District Attorney General has resulted in the arrest of two men accused of attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors. This week, TBI Agents, working alongside investigators from the Athens … Continue reading Two Arrested, Charged in McMinn County Human Trafficking Investigation

Two Men Arrested, Charged in Ongoing Human Trafficking Investigation

Updated 11/20/20 at 3:00 p.m. – On 11/13/20, the Knox County Grand Jury indicted Zachery Felton on a second charge in connection to this investigation. In addition to Promoting Prostitution, he was indicted on one count of Trafficking for Commercial Sex. On 11/18/20, Felton was arrested in Kingsport and transported back to Knoxville. He was … Continue reading Two Men Arrested, Charged in Ongoing Human Trafficking Investigation

Ten Indicted in Putnam County Human Trafficking Operation

*Updated 6/10/18 to include a 10th individual taken into custody related to this operation. COOKEVILLE – An undercover human trafficking operation conducted by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Office of the 13th District Attorney General, Cookeville Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations has resulted in the arrest of … Continue reading Ten Indicted in Putnam County Human Trafficking Operation