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Five Chambersburg men charged in sex trafficking ring

Written by Becky Metrick, Public Opinion Online | Mar 19, 2015 1:45 PM
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HARRISBURG - A federal investigation has led to the arrest of five Chambersburg area men and one Harrisburg man believed to be involved in a sex trafficking ring operating out of six states and Washington D. C.

According to a statement from the office of the U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the men were indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg on March 11.

Albert E. "Pipo" Martinez, 34, Chambersburg, is facing new charges after already being indicted on Jan. 15 on similar sex trafficking charges, according to the statement. Anthony "Tony" D'Ambrosio, 34, Antonio "Tony" Delgado, 18, Amrando Delgago, 20, and Keanu Martinez, 19, all of Chambersburg, are now also charged with sex trafficking of minors, transportation to engaged in prostitution, distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy. Brandon Hill, 28, of Harrisburg, is charged with conspiracy and drug distribution.

Prosecutors said Martinez and the others recruited and transported females between the ages of 13 and 18 with the intent of having them engage in commercial sexual acts in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Rhode Island and Washington D.C. The group rented motel rooms and posted "escort" advertisements and photographs on a website from July 2012 through January 2015.

According to the release, the men used most of the money made to distribute drugs to the women. These drugs include oxycodone, cocaine and heroin.

Martinez has been in jail since his Jan. 15 indictment. He is scheduled for a second arraignment on the March 11 charges on March 26, according to the release.

D'Ambrosio, the Delgados, Keanu Martinez and Hill were charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation the week of March 9, according to the statement. The Chambersburg Police Department, the Franklin County Drug Task Force and the Harrisburg Bureau of Police assisted in the arrests.

The men have been temporarily detained pending trial, which is scheduled for May 11 in Harrisburg, according to the release. If convicted, each faces a maximum of life in prison, according to the release. The mandatory minimum for the offenses involving a minor is 10 years and a $250,000 fine. The drug trafficking offenses could earn each of them 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine if convicted.

The investigation by the FBI is ongoing. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

The States' Attorney's office asks that anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the FBI at 717-232-8686.

Staff writer Becky Metrick can be reached at (717) 262-4762.


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