TBI: Two men charged in McMinn County human trafficking investigation


TBI is reporting that they have arrested and charged two men in a McMinn County human trafficking investigation.

34-year-old Edgar Gallegos of Morristown, and 38-year-old Armadi Imade of Sevierville have both been arrested and charged with one count of trafficking a person for a commercial sex act. 

TBI agents, investigators from the Athens Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, McMinn County Sheriff’s Office, 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations, conducted an undercover human trafficking operation. 

The agencies were focused on identifying individuals that were seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with juvenile girls. Both of the men arranged a meeting with undercover agents posing as underage girls and paid to have sex with an underage girl. Which then led to their arrests. 

The TBI is also reporting that this investigation remains active with the possibility of additional arrests and charges. 

Information about human trafficking and TBI’s efforts to address this type of crime can be found online at www.ITHasToStop.com.

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