(Top left, clockwise) Eugene Hubbard, Brett Wheeler, Dylan Hernandez, Jacob Green, Wilbert Buck, Kenneth Castro, Joshua Robinson and Cody Watson.

8 Arrests Made in Undercover Child Sex Crime Operation In Mesa

On Thursday, Mesa police department announced that they had arrested eight suspects as part of an undercover operation targeting child sex crimes and human trafficking.

In the investigation named Operation Vampire Cough, officers and undercover detectives placed advertisements on websites commonly used by individuals to seek out illegal sex acts.

The suspects that were arrested solicited or made arrangements for various child sex acts.

The eight suspects, who were all male and ranged in ages between 20 and 37 years old.

The following is a list of the suspects that were arrested in the operation and their charges:

Cody Watson, 29
Attempted sexual conduct with a minor, aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation

Joshua Robinson, 37
Luring, attempted sexual conduct with a minor, felony warrant

Kenneth Castro, 30
Attempted sexual conduct with a minor, aggravated luring

Wilbert Buck, 36
Luring, attempted sexual conduct with a minor

Jacob Green, 26
Attempted sexual conduct with a minor, aggravated luring

Dylan Hernandez, 20
Attempted child sex trafficking, attempted sexual conduct with a minor, money laundering

Brett Wheeler, 20
Luring, attempted sexual conduct with a minor

Eugene Hubbard, 35
Child sex trafficking, attempted sexual conduct with a minor, money laundering


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