NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Luceana Mendes, age 37 of Jabez Street, Newark, was arrested and charged with prostitution at a North Plainfield massage parlor, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William G. Parenti announced on Friday.
Prosecutor Robertson provided the following account:
On March 6, members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force (OCNTF), along with members of North Plainfield Police Department, conducted a quality of life investigation at a massage parlor located on US Highway 22 in North Plainfield, NJ. The investigation began after law enforcement received complaints from concerned citizens in reference to acts of prostitution being conducted at the massage parlor.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that an undercover detective from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office entered the massage parlor and met with Mendes. During this meeting, the undercover detective was propositioned by Mendes for a sexual act in exchange for U.S. currency. At this time, Task Force members, along with members of the North Plainfield Police Department, entered the massage parlor and placed Mendes under arrest. Mendes was transported to the North Plainfield Police Department where she was charged with Prostitution, a disorderly persons offense, and later released on her own recognizance.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Parenti request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Organized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the North Plainfield Police Department (908) 769-2937, or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app can be downloaded to your smartphone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: “SOMERSETNJ”. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
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