PORTSMOUTH — - Police arrested seven women and charged them with prostitution during a two day undercover operation in Portsmouth.
Last Wednesday and again on Monday, the Portsmouth Police Department's Community Services Unit along with uniformed patrol officers combined resources to target prostitution in the city, police spokeswoman Det. Jan Westerbeck said.
In all 15 officers conducted undercover operations in the Mt. Hermon, Port Norfolk and Prentis Park sections of the city, Westerbeck said.
Police arrested seven women for solicitation for prostitution, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
They are: Valencia Collins, 29, of Hollywood Street, Suffolk; Jeanelle Malone, 30, of the High Street, Portsmouth; Tabatha Vreen, 42, of Centre Avenue, Portsmouth; Lavette Clark, 41, of Wool Avenue, Portsmouth; Arlene Wray, 48, of High Street, Portsmouth and Tanya Bowser, 41, of Darren Circle, Portsmouth. Jeanelle Malone was arrested during both operations. Wray was also charged with possession of cocaine.