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Albemarle Co. Grand Jury Indicts Man on 10 Counts of Sex Trafficking

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A brutal Albemarle County sex trafficking operation is coming to light.

A grand jury has indicted 33-year-old Quincy M. Edwards on a slew of charges, all connected to a prostitution ring at the Royal Inn.

The 16-count indictment came down Monday at Albemarle Circuit Court. Ten of those counts against Edwards are for commercial sex trafficking. Other indictments include abduction, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and extortion.

Prosecutors say this was a high-level prostitution operation happening in Albemarle County, and that it now has the attention of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Court documents allege Edwards held women against their will, used a gun to intimidate them, and placed ads for prostitution on the website backpage.com.

The prosecution says the case stems from when officers raided a hotel room at Royal Inn back in September 2015, finding meth, marijuana, and other drugs.

Sources tell NBC29 that the trafficking operation had ties to other localities, which is why Homeland Security is involved.

Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci says this is the first time they've been able to charge someone under the new commercial sex trafficking statute.

"This case demonstrates our commitment to the aggressive prosecution of commercial sex trafficking" said Tracci.

A three day trial is set for October. Edwards faces more than 150 years in prison if convicted on all the charges against him.

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