ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Two local men were convicted on July 2 for their roles in a sex trafficking ring, following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Albuquerque Police Department, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and Deliver Fund, a non-governmental anti-trafficking organization human beings, participated in the survey.
Adonis Baker, 37, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and Inkosi Grandberry, 40, received a 10-year sentence, followed by five years of supervised release.
“HSI is focused on working with our law enforcement partners to identify, arrest and prosecute those who traffic and victimize young women,” said Frank B. Burrola, Special Agent in Charge of HSI El Paso. “HSI Special Agents will continue to ensure that transnational criminal organizations that profit from victims bound in sexual servitude are brought to justice.”
Baker pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and admitted to using narcotics and physical force to induce victims into prostitution. Baker and his co-conspirators advertised the victims online and used cellphones to arrange clients for the women. Victims were not allowed to keep money paid to them for sex and had to work when told. The conspirators used motel rooms to house the victims.
Grandberry pleaded guilty to transportation for prostitution by coercion and incitement. In his plea, Grandberry admitted that on June 3, 2015, he aided and abetted Baker in persuading a victim, identified in court records as Jane Doe 1, to travel from Phoenix to Albuquerque for prostitution.
A third defendant, Leotha Williams, 61, of Memphis, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to transportation for prostitution by coercion and incitement. In his plea, Williams admitted that he and Baker approached a victim, identified as Jane Doe 2, at a bus stop in Albuquerque between June 2016 and September 2016. Williams and Baker asked the victim to get into a vehicle with them. They then traveled to Colorado Springs where Williams claimed the victim was in prostitution. On July 16, 2020, Williams was sentenced to five years in prison, after which he will be subject to five years of supervised release.
HSI is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, particularly criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which commerce, travel and international finance. HSI’s workforce of more than 10,400 employees includes more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities across the United States and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative police presence overseas and one of the largest international law enforcement footprints in the United States.