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Police say pair orchestrated prostitution ring through the Internet


ELYRIA — Police arrested a man and woman Tuesday who they say were running a prostitution ring via the Internet.

Jeremy Mack, 37, is charged with trafficking in heroin, promoting prostitution and compelling prostitution.

Ashley Onysko, 22, is charged with possession of heroin, permitting drug abuse, promoting prostitution and compelling prostitution.

According to police, they advertised online about "a woman under their control who would provide sex for money."

The pair were arrested, along with Mack's son, Toby Lewis, after the Police Department's narcotics unit and Special Response Team executed a search warrant at 8 Tattersal Court, according to a news release.

Lewis, 18, is charged with possession of crack cocaine, trafficking in crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

After executing the search warrant at the home, investigators learned the home did not have running water, and the overall condition of the home was unsanitary. After the city was contacted, the home was condemned, the release said.

According to police, Mack and Onysko's operation appears to be the largest discovered in recent months by Elyria narcotics investigators.

According to Capt. Chris Costantino, police have acted on citizen complaints about online prostitution and have made a number of other recent arrests.

Among them:

  • Edward L. Brown, 26, Feb. 21 at Motel 9, 1924 Lorain Blvd., for solicitation and promoting prostitution.
  • Ashley Monkowski, 21, Feb. 21 at Motel 9 and again March 14 at Super 8, 910 Lorain Blvd. She was charged with solicitation in each incident and also faces charges of possessing criminal tools, attempted vandalism, resisting arrest and possession of drugs.
  • Traci Wolford, 40, Feb. 24 at 1015 Middle Ave. for solicitation.
  • Darryl R. Brown, 31, Feb 24 at 1015 Middle Ave. for possession of heroin and a warrant from the Rocky River Police Department.

According to police, prostitution and felony drug arrests often coincide with one another because the women involved in prostitution are often selling sex as a way to support their drug habits.

All of these investigations are ongoing, and more charges may be filed pending a grand jury inquiry.

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