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3 men charged in human trafficking investigation

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Three men are facing charges in connection to a human trafficking investigation.

The investigation began last October when Lantana Police responded to a call about a man with a gun outside a room at the Super 8 Motel on Hypoluxo Rd. in Lantana.

According to a report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, two women, aged 22 and 25, told responding officers they were victims of human trafficking, and sold for sex.

Investigators detained three men: 34-year-old Floyd Lopez, 32-year-old Demetrius Wells and 19-year-old Nicholas Sukie.

One witness said the three men set her up with a man from Boynton Beach who agreed to pay $300 for a massage. The 22-year-old witness said she and another person left after 10 minutes because they didn't feel comfortable.

A detective questioned the alleged 25-year-old victim who said she met Lopez and Wells last September during Hurricane Irma. She said they pulled up in a car and asked her if she needed a place to stay. The woman said she agreed to go with them, taking note of Lopez driving a Cadillac sedan. The woman also said she'd been clean for about a year after being addicted to heroin. The woman said the three drove her to a home where an unknown man came over to have sex with her in the shower. The woman said she'd never engaged in prostitution before. The woman said Lopez had surveillance cameras to "keep an eye" on her and could watch the video off his cell phone.

According to the report, the alleged victim said Lopez posted advertisements about her on backpage.com, and charged customers up to $180 an hour for sex with her, and that he kept all the profits. The woman said she was paid to have sex with 50 to 60 unknown men at various locations from Broward County to Jupiter. She claimed Lopez gave her heroin when she had a withdrawal.

Investigators used a warrant to search the hotel room, rented by Wells, and say they found a gun, cell phones, a ledger notebook, "Fishgrease" business cards, unused condoms, unused needles and glass pipes and a brown powder believed to be heroin.

According to the sheriff's office, a video from Lopez's cell phone showed him having sex with a woman. She told detectives she did not consent to any sexual contact with him. The woman said Lopez tied her down and beat her up. She also told deputies that her sister came to the house to try to get her out, but Lopez wouldn't let her. The sister then threatened to call police. The woman said Lopez let her out to take her children to school and she said she never went back. The woman also told her landlord she left the house because Lopez beat her up.

Investigators with the sheriff's office said a second possible victim came forward in November. She told detectives she met a man who introduced her to a man named "Fish," later identified to be Lopez. "Fish," according to her account to detectives, wanted to take pictures of her and post ads on backpage.com. She told detectives Lopez wanted to charge clients up to $200 for two hours of sex with her, in exchange for crack, heroin, and a place to stay. The woman told detectives she'd have sex with two or three men a day and give Lopez half of the money. The girl said two other females lived at the house and they went on "dates" with men as well.

According to the sheriff's office, the woman said Lopez, Wells and Sukie gave her crack cocaine and heroin before holding her against her will on the bed and having sex with her. She said they wore masks and recorded the encounter on their cell phones.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office detective met with an additional alleged victim who told him she first met Wells at a Checkers in West Palm Beach and Wells asked her "if she needs anything." According to the report, Wells told the woman she could get drugs, and not need to pay for them. Wells reportedly took the woman to a house in Lantana, where she consumed the drugs in a tent in the backyard. According to the sheriff's office, she met a man named "Fish" later identified as Lopez. Detectives say Lopez told her she could pay off her debt to him by answering the phone he provided her for prostitution dates.

The woman told detectives that she stayed at the Lantana home for two to three months, and during the time she was five months pregnant. The woman claims Lopez posted a backpage.com advertisement highlighting the fact she was pregnant. According to the report, the woman saw approximately five clients a day for seven days a week. Deputies say Lopez took all her money, and would pay her with a single piece of crack and a 'dime bag' of heroin.

The woman also told detectives Lopez did not allow her to enter the kitchen, and she had to sneak food to feed herself and unborn child throughout the time she stayed in the house.

Detectives say the woman had sexual intercourse with Lopez, her driver, and multiple people Lopez sold drugs to. She says Lopez recorded some of the encounters and yelled 'gang bang' in the video.

The woman told detectives while she stayed at the house in Lantana, Wells and Lopez's three children lived there as well.

West Palm Beach Police arrested Lopez in April after using a narcotics search warrant at a home on Dobbins Street. According to the report from the sheriff's office, Wells, Sukie, and the female witness and alleged victim were also at the home.

Lopez is facing two counts of sexual battery on a physically incapacitated person, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count of false imprisonment, one count of kidnapping, and one count of aggravated battery.

Sukie is facing two counts of armed human trafficking, one count of sexual battery, and two counts of false imprisonment.

Wells is facing two counts of armed human trafficking,, one count of human trafficking, one count of sexual battery and three counts of false imprisonment.

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