DPS Makes Arrests for Online Solicitation of Minors in Joint Operation (DPS-West Texas Region)

April 1, 2021

EL PASO – During the past week, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), conducted a human trafficking operation in El Paso, Texas. The goal of the operation was to target individuals seeking to exploit and victimize children by soliciting them on the internet. 

Multiple agencies assisted DPS’ Criminal Investigations Division in this investigation, including HSI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, El Paso Police Department, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, El Paso County Constable’s Office Precinct One, El Paso County Constable’s Office Precinct Six and the Border Prosecution Unit for the District Attorney’s Office for the 34th Judicial District.

As a result of the operation, five people now face felony charges. Special Agents were also able to identify and open investigations into additional suspects.

The following individuals were arrested and booked into the El Paso County Jail:

Heriberto Ochoa, 23, of El Paso, Texas

Josue Ernesto Munoz, 21, of El Paso, Texas

Kayode Michael Young, 27, of El Paso, Texas

Fuqwon Jermaine Middleton, 21, of El Paso, Texas

Jonathan Rey Rivera, 46, of El Paso, Texas

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