PORTLAND, Maine — Two local men were arrested Friday on charges alleging they were part of a ring that involved the sex trafficking of children, according to information filed in U.S. District Court.
John Kanda, 20, of Portland and Raymond Jeffreys, 26, of Portland and Boston made their first court appearances Friday in federal court in Portland.
U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy ordered that they be held without bail until Wednesday when hearings will be held, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland. The circumstance surrounding the men’s arrests was not made public.
Kanda, who goes by the nickname “J,” and Jeffreys, whose nicknames include “Skame Dollarz,” “Skame” and “Frenchy,” were named in a 21-page indictment handed up by a grand jury Thursday, according to documents filed in federal court in Boston.
Five other people also were indicted in the case. They are: Corey “Case” Norris, 23, of Boston; Vanessa Grandoit, 26, of Dorchester, Massachusetts; Darian “Bo” Thomson, 31, of Dorchester, Massachusetts; Jacquelyn “Baby J” R. Lungelow, 26, of Boston; and Kairis “Lola” Sanchez, 19, of Boston.
Information about how the ring worked was not included in court documents. Some of the conspirators allegedly operated in Massachusetts, Maine, California, Nevada, Rhode Island and Maryland. Information about whether any of the victims were from Maine also was not included in public court documents.
Kanda was charged on three counts: conspiracy to sex traffic, sex trafficking of a child and transportation in interstate commerce for prostitution. He allegedly was part of the conspiracy from October to December 2013 involving one victim in Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island.
Jeffreys was indicted on a dozen counts involving five victims. He is charged with one count each of sex trafficking of a child, transportation of a minor in interstate commerce for prostitution, conspiracy to sex traffic a child and conspiracy to transport a minor in interstate commerce for prostitution. He also is charged with three counts each of sex trafficking and transportation in interstate commerce for prostitution and two counts of conspiracy to sex traffic.
If convicted, Kanda and Jeffreys each face between 15 years and life on the sex trafficking of a child counts. They also could be fined up to $250,000 if found guilty.