By MELINDA WILLIAMS
MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Two Pulaski residents were among seven people arrested Thursday in a prostitution sting conducted by Montgomery County-area law enforcement and the FBI.
According to a press release from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Misty D. Blankenship, 35, is charged with prostitution, while Curtis Blankenship, 44, is charged with aiding prostitution.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office joined officers from the FBI’s Roanoke and Richmond offices, and Blacksburg and Christiansburg police departments in the investigation into prostitution “in and around Montgomery County.”
Authorities said the operation involved “cyber investigators … targeting individuals offering sexual encounters via online websites.” Multiple individuals in the New River Valley area were identified as offering adult services for money, according to police.
Others charged with prostitution include: Tiffany N. Lafferty, 29, of Roanoke; Stapheno O. Greene, 38, of Lynchburg; Tammy L. Janney, 30, of Roanoke, and Rukhsana B. Faizi, 25, of Roanoke.
Kevin W. Yopp, 30, of Roanoke was arrested on a charge of aiding prostitution.
“The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office identified a growing criminal element using technologies to facilitate crimes. The office, working with our local and federal law enforcement partners began focusing on this new trend,” said Capt. Robert New with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the regional task force officer for the FBI Cyber Unit in Richmond.
“This operation was part of a larger and broader response to the drug problem within the county,” New added. “Montgomery County is a great place to live and work. Criminal activity affects everyone and impacts that quality of life.
“Law Enforcement within Montgomery County and the New River Valley are aggressively combating this threat using the latest investigative techniques which have proven to be very effective,” he said.