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On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Acting Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Hopewell Township Police Chief Lance Maloney reported that the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force concluded a two-week undercover investigation yesterday with three arrests and the seizure of $20,796.

Officers executed search warrants at Bala Bala Massage, 2479 Pennington Avenue, Hopewell Township. Acting Prosecutor Onofri stated that during the course of the investigation, undercover officers were solicited for sex by three women working at the establishment. At approximately 3:48 p.m. yesterday, officers executed the search warrants for the premises, located four females inside, and seized bank records and $20,796.00.

Officers with the Prosecutor’s Office, the County Sheriff’s Office, the Hopewell Township, Hamilton, Lawrence and Trenton Police Departments, the New Jersey State Police and Department of Homeland Security I.C.E., under the command of Lt. Michael Novembre, conducted the investigation and made the arrests.

Three of the females were transported to Hopewell Township Police Department for further investigation and processing. The fourth was not charged. Once processing was completed, all three were charged with the below listed offenses and released on summonses pending future court proceedings:

Person 1 [MercerMe has chosen not to release name], age 28, Flushing, NY is charged with Soliciting Prostitution, a disorderly persons offense.

Person 2 [MercerMe has chosen not to release name], age 38, Queens, NY is charged with Soliciting Prostitution, a disorderly persons offense.

Person 3 [MercerMe has chosen not to release name], age 45, Queens, NY is charged with Promoting Prostitution, a third degree crime.

Law enforcement reminds the public that despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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