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By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

San Jacinto man, a suspected human trafficker, arrested in Temecula


Last updated 7/8/2018 at 5:11pm

Damian Lamont Beverly, suspected of trafficking at least two minors and one adult, was arrested outside a motel in Temecula last week. Courtesy photo

A San Bernardino County task force last week arrested a suspected human trafficker outside of a Temecula motel room following a months-long investigation, officials said.

Damian Lamont Beverly, 35, of San Jacinto was arrested on suspicion of pimping, pandering and trafficking minors and an adult. He was booked into the Adelanto Detention Center and remained there as of press time, according to county jail records.

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's news release, members of the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task began investigating after two minor girls reported they had been trafficked by Beverly in Nov. 2017. The girls were only able to identify him by his alias, "KD."

Ontario Police Cpl. N. Lefler, part of the task force, investigated for months with the help of other task force members. In June, he was able identify Beverly as a suspect.

On July 2, Lefler found a website advertisement for prostitution somewhere in Riverside County he believed was placed by Beverly.

Task force investigators contacted the poster of the advertisement as part of an undercover operation and were directed to a motel in the 27000 block of Jefferson Avenue in Temecula.

There they found the motel room associated with the advertisement as well as Beverly's car in the parking lot. Beverly was seen leaving the motel in his vehicle.

With the help of Riverside County sheriff's deputies the task force conducted an enforcement stop and Beverly was taken into custody.

Inside the motel room, deputies found a victim, this time an adult, who had allegedly been advertised by Beverly.

Both Beverly and the adult victim were taken to the Ontario Police Department for additional questioning before Beverly was ultimately arrested.

Investigators believe that Beverly may have had other victims and are asking anyone who might have information for their investigation to contact them at (909) 387-8400.


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