DPS Arrests Eight in Joint Human Trafficking Operations-DRB Media Communications Digital News

Midland, Texas/October 2022-On October 18th, 2022, the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Midland County Sheriff’s Office conducted a Human Trafficking and Online Solicitation Operation in Midland, supported by DPS Highway Patrol and Counter Terrorism Divisions. 

As a result of this operation, eight suspects were arrested and are now facing the charge of Solicitation of Prostitution which is State Jail Felony. 

Felipe De Jesus Lemus, 29, of Van Wheeler, Texas 

Ronnie Dixon, 38, of Midland, Texas 

Trey Luckey, 51, of Midland, Texas 

Austin Barnes, 38, of Odessa, Texas 

Christopher Holmes, 27, of Lufkin, Texas 

Albert Solis, 37, of Sweetwater, Texas 

Wilbert Ruiz, 40, of Burleson, Texas 

Also arrested was Gene Powell, Jr. Of Gardendale, Texas who was the current Public Information Office for TxDot Odessa area. 

The goal of the Human Trafficking Operation was to target individuals soliciting prostitutes, as well as to identify and apprehend individuals suspected to be involved in human trafficking by using various websites to solicit sexual acts. 

If you are a victim of human trafficking or have information about this type of criminal activity, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888)373-7888. 

This is DRB Media Communications Digital News.