One of 17 people arrested in Coralville in April following a monthlong prostitution and human trafficking investigation faces new pimping and drug charges – seven months after his initial arrest.
Dwan Xavier Moore, also known as “Santana,” was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony pimping and possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor. At the culmination of the human trafficking and prostitution investigation in April, Moore was arrested on suspicion of a probation violation, but he was not arrested for prostitution or pimping at the time.
According to a new criminal complaint, an undercover agent on April 10 responded to an online adult escort advertisement, and Moore, 29, of Cedar Rapids, arrived at a hotel in Coralville with three female prostitutes in his red Dodge Charger.
One of the women entered the hotel and was arrested on suspicion of prostitution after agreeing to a sex act for money, according to police. During a search of Moore’s car, officers found marijuana, several phones and a laptop computer.
The phones contained images and text message arranging sex acts for money, according to police. The computer contained files labeled by female name, each with information to be used for online advertisements, according to the criminal complaint.
One of the women with Moore said he talked about “hooking his girls,” according to the complaint. The woman accused Moore of taking half her income from “outcalls,” and he agreed to provide her transportation and protection during the calls, police reported.
At the call where she was arrested, the woman said Moore threatened to leave her in Coralville if she didn’t complete it, according to police.
Police reported that one of the women in the car said Moore handed her some marijuana as police approached so he would not be caught with it, warranting the drug charge.
In addition to Moore, officers have made a handful of arrests related to the April sting since the 17 initial arrests. Many of the suspects have entered pleas in their cases or are still pursuing their case in court.
Moore left the Johnson County Jail on Wednesday morning.