Elizabeth Resident Among Ten Arrested in Rochelle Park Prostitution Sting

After a number of citizen complaints, police performed an undercover prostitution and drug investigation at a local hotel which ultimately led to the arrest of 9 people today.

Police began investigating online advertising and surveillance of the location to identify suspects engaging in prostitution and other crimes.

Although police did not release the name or location of the hotel they did say that in addition to the arrests, police seized $3,000 cash and 200 capsules of suspected anabolic steroids.

The following is a list of all the suspects arrested:

  • Jeffrey French, 45 of Cedarville; distribution of CDS, possession of prescription CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia

  • Domenick Magliaro, 34, of Toms River; Possession of CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia

  • Vanessa Velez, 24 of Staten Island; engaging in prostitution

  • Tiresius Baldwin, 34, of Elizabeth; promoting prostitution

  • Brittany Werner, 22, of Perth Amboy; engaging in prostitution

  • Valerie Cruz-Berrios, 19 of Suffern; engaging in prostitution

  • Wanxiu Kang, 42, of Flushing, NY; engaging in prostitution, possession of property derived from criminal activity

  • Guoyu Zhao, 56, of Flushing, NY; promoting prostitution, possession of property derived from criminal activity

  • Sviatlana Beznosova, 34, of Brooklyn; engaging in prostitution

Nine of the suspects were released on a court date, except Cruz-Berrios who was turned over to Port Authority Police on an open warrant.