Sacto 9-1-1
October 18, 2012
Alleged 'johns' arrested in sting along Watt Avenue corridor

Eleven men were arrested on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution during a Sacramento Sheriff's Department sting operation Wednesday.

"Operation Zero Tolerance" focused on the Watt Avenue corridor near Interstate 80, an area that has seen a proliferation of prostitution and associated criminal activity in recent years, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.Deputies from the sheriff's North Patrol Division and problem-oriented policing units participated in the operation.

Arrested on suspicion of solicitation for prostitution were David Axtell, 30, Brandon Close, 26, Jorge DeLaCuesta, 49, Vincent Gaxiaola, 19, David Heers, 37, Donald Hickey, 44, Alexander Kurchin, 27, Kenneth Melton, 28, Jose Roman, 41, Thomas Simon, 52, and Vladimir Voytitskiy, 54. All were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.

In addition, 11 other individuals were contacted in the area and arrested for offenses including narcotic possession, parole violations and active, outstanding arrest warrants, officials reported.

Deputies seized 22.9 grams of methamphetamine, 35 grams of marijuana and $525 in currency in connection with the individuals arrested during the operation.

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