Friday, September 30, 2011
ICE 'most wanted' fugitive indicted for human trafficking
Eric Antwan Bell, 37, was featured in June on the television show "America's Most Wanted." He was arrested Aug. 31 in Parsippany, N.J. by ICE HSI and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
According to the indictment, Bell, along with a co-conspirator, enticed four minor victims to engage in prostitution. Bell and his co-conspirator lived off of the prostitution proceeds. Bell produced child pornography of the four minors and possessed multiple firearms after being convicted of a felony offense.
The indictment notifies Bell that the United States intends to forfeit numerous items of electronic media and firearms seized from his residence.
This case was investigated by the Clearwater Area Human Trafficking Task Force, ICE HSI and the FBI. Other task force members include state and local law enforcement agencies and non-governmental partners.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacie B. Harris will prosecute the case.
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