A Baltimore record label CEO recently pleaded guilty to participating in a forced prostitution scheme based in El Paso, and four of his nine co-defendants are scheduled to be sentenced next week.
Alarcon Allen Wiggins, also known in a federal indictment as “Alarcon The Don,” and nine other Baltimore residents were charged in late 2011 with conspiracy, sex trafficking and forced labor. Prosecutors said Wiggins was the “self-proclaimed” CEO of 424 Records, 1 Team 1 Family Entertainment, DBD TV and DBD Productions in Baltimore.
Last week, Wiggins pleaded guilty to a federal information document charging him with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children by force, fraud or coercion. He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.
Earlier this year, three of his co-defendants, DeAngelo Perry Smith, Deyonta Thompson and Marc Corey Williams, pleaded guilty to a trafficking conspiracy. Smith was sentenced to 14 years in prison, Thompson to 15½ years in prison, and Williams to 15 years in prison. Each was also ordered to pay $1,879.85 in restitution.
Smith is also known as “D-Lo,” Thompson is known as “Wezz Fresh,” and Williams is known as “DJ Yung Rock” and “J-Rock.”
Smith, Thompson and Williams have each filed a notice of appeal, according to court documents. Other court filings indicate the three men may argue they received ineffective counsel before pleading guilty.
Co-defendants Shelby Nicole Smith, Roxanne Michelle Mitchell and Amanda Gayle Darbonne are each scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, and have each pleaded guilty to trafficking conspiracy charges.
Yet another defendant, Martes Milton Jackson, is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday. Ironically, Jackson is nicknamed “Tuesday” in his indictment.
Co-defendant Holly N. Reemer pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of withholding information on a crime and was sentenced to three years of probation. Charges against another co-defendant, Brandi L. Minnich, were dropped pending her participation in a pre-trial diversion program for 18 months.
Prosecutors had alleged Wiggins, DeAngelo Smith, Thompson, Williams and Jackson, who are all Baltimore recording artists, used their music industry ties to lure young women into working as strippers and prostitutes, and enticed them to travel to El Paso, New Orleans, York, Pa., and other locations to engage in prostitution.
Shelby Smith, Mitchell, Darbonne, Reemer and Minnich were accused of training the recruited women, then confiscating their cellphones and enforcing rules that prevented the victims from fleeing or seeking help. The proceeds earned by the women were collected for “personal benefit” of the defendants.
FBI agents and the Baltimore police SWAT team arrested all 10 defendants in Baltimore after their indictment by a federal grand jury in El Paso on Oct. 5, 2011.
Adriana M. Chávez may be reached at 546-6117.