Antonio M. Jones is being held in the Ada County Jail on felony counts of procurement of prostitution and receiving the funds of a prostitute after police say he brought two female prostitutes from California into Boise this week.
Police say they have evidence the 32-year-old Jones set up the prostitutes at local hotels and received funds obtained from the illegal activities, over the last four days.
Police also cited three people on misdemeanor prostitution charges in connection with the case Albert E. Garner, 31, of Sacramento; Christie M. Norwood, 33, of Los Angeles; and Mariah N. Edwards, 20, of Citrus Heights.
Boise police began their investigation into Jones Tuesday night after a Neighborhood Contact Officer got a tip of undisclosed illegal activity happening in the parking lot of a hotel in the 1800 block of W. Fairview Avenue. (The business was not identified by police but that is where The Red Lion Hotel is.)
Police got to the parking lot around 6 p.m. and found Jones in his car. Officers said they could smell the odor of burnt marijuana as they walked up, so they searched the car and found a small amount of pot inside.
That was when police say they developed evidence Jones, who initially gave police a fake name, brought the prostitutes to Boise from California.
Jones, who is also charged with a felony count of the interstate trafficking of prostitution and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and prescription medication, was arrested and booked into jail.
Police reports do not indicate where Garner, Norwood, or Edwards were when they were ticketed. Police reports also do not say what hotels they were staying at when illegal activities were taking place.
Boise police arrested Kaylan Marie Rosa Speers and Fernando Jose Santos in January on felony robbery charges after officers say they were involved in the hold up of a man seeking seeking illegal prostitution services in the same parking lot on Fairview Avenue. Police have not said if they suspect the cases are linked.
Santos and Speers, who was also arrested on a misdemeanor prostitution charge in January, are supposed to enter pleas in their case Thursday.
Jones is set to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
The crimes of interstate trafficking in prostitution and procurement of prostitution are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.