Monday, April 22, 2024

Teen found hiding in Wilmington attic, arrested for human trafficking and profiting from prostitution

Dwayne Poole Jackson, 19, was found hiding in an attic in Wilmington when he was arrested. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Pender County Sheriff’s Office)

WILMINGTON — Following a joint investigation, a 19-year-old man was arrested last Friday after he was found hiding inside an attic at a Wilmington residence.

Dwayne Poole Jackson is being held at Pender County Jail in Burgaw under a $1 million-secured bond on charges of human trafficking, advancing prostitution, and profiting from prostitution, all felonies.

The arrest came after a joint investigation among regional law enforcement agencies that began in late June.

“The Pender County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year old Dwayne Poole Jackson on July 24, 2020, with the assistance of law enforcement personnel with the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Joint Street Crime Unit. Dwayne Jackson was found hiding in an attic at a residence in Wilmington,” according to a Tuesday afternoon release from the Pender Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing and may bring additional charges, according to Captain Billy Sanders, head of Pender’s Criminal Investigations division.

“The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance and asking anyone with information regarding Dwayne Poole Jackson call Detective-Sergeant Steve Clinard or Detective Eric Short at 910-259-1437 or 910-259-1515,” according to Sanders.

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