Police say man was transporting women to several east coast cities, including Baltimore, to work as prostitutes
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (September 9, 2011)—Maryland State Police criminal investigators from the Glen Burnie Barrack arrested a 32-year-old New Jersey man yesterday on several criminal charges including human trafficking.
Uzodimma Nnamdi Oguh, 32, of the 200 block of Parker Road, in Elizabeth, New Jersey was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on prior charges. After consultation with the Anne Arundel County States Attorney, troopers obtained an arrest warrant and State Police served Oguh with additional charges. Charges include six counts of human trafficking, three counts of prostitution, one count of motor vehicle theft and other related criminal charges. Oguh remains at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.
Shortly before 8:00 a.m. on August 19, 2011, troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack responded to the scene of a crash on northbound I-295 at I-695 in Anne Arundel County. The crash involved a 2004 Honda Accord and a large passenger motor coach. There were no reported injuries.
The driver of the Honda Accord, bearing a temporary New Jersey registration, was a 21 year old female. She was the sole occupant of the car. Police validated driver and vehicle information while on the scene. Subsequently, the car she was driving was found to be a reported stolen vehicle from New Jersey.
The woman was immediately arrested for motor vehicle theft and transported to the Glen Burnie Barrack for processing. The car was towed to the Glen Burnie Barrack, where it was later searched for evidence.
During the investigation, the woman told police she received the car from her boyfriend, Oguh. She also told police she had been the victim of an assault by Oguh.
Police learned Anne Arundel County Police arrested Oguh earlier the same day for second degree assault. He was being held on $135,000 bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Glen Burnie.
Further investigation revealed the woman, along with other adult females, had reportedly been working for Oguh as prostitutes in the Baltimore area. Allegedly, Oguh was transporting women to several cities on the East Coast for work.
Police received information leading them to a Baltimore hotel where Oguh was allegedly conducting his operation. After obtaining a search warrant, police were able to gather an abundance of evidence to include clothing, electronic equipment, cameras, photographs, and condoms.
Troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack Criminal Investigation Section are being assisted by detectives from the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Immigrations Customs Enforcement. The Anne Arundel County States Attorney is also assisting with the case as the investigation continues.
Source: MSP HQ