Undercover operation leads human trafficking arrests

On Thursday, March 4, the Mississippi Bureau of  Investigation (MBI) conducted an undercover human trafficking operation in Lauderdale County, which resulted in the arrests of two individuals and the recovery of four  human trafficking victims. 

“The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will continue to plan and execute  operations aimed at identifying human trafficking victims and separating them from their perpetrators,” said Lieutenant Colonel Lee Morrison, Director of MBI.  “This collaborative effort of state agencies and local departments ensures the  success of our mission regarding human trafficking.” 

The Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi  Office of Homeland Security, Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Mississippi  National Guard Counterdrug Task Force and the Pearl Police Department also  assisted in the operation, which resulted in the arrests of the following individuals: 

∙ James T. Boylan, 43, was charged with Human Trafficking. 

∙ Guy Hammonds, 52, was charged with Human Trafficking. 

If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National  Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.  

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation news release

James Boylan
Guy Hammonds

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