Authorities Bust Prostitution and Drug Ring in Norman
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities have shut down a prostitution and drug trafficking ring operating out of a Norman massage parlor, a narcotics bureau spokesman said.
Authorities began investigating Oriental Tokyo Health Massage, 1035 N. Flood St., about a year ago, said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
"This massage business was nothing more than a front for the defendants' prostitution ring," Woodward said. "Additionally, the defendant was trafficking cocaine from this location. When we ran the search warrants last night, we found boxes of documents showing wire transfers all over the country and even some outside the country. We found two ounces of crack cocaine, which also verified that there was cocaine trafficking, as we had suspected during the investigation."
Police arrested Sun Aldrich, 61, on two complaints of solicitation of prostitution within 1,000 feet of a school.
The massage parlor was near an after-school recreation center and Adams Elementary.
Few people who worked nearby had any suspicions about it.
"Suspicions were very limited because we really never saw any activity," said Norman businessman Don Collins. "Most activity that we would see occurred after we had already shut our doors."
Before her arrest Aldrich has caused no trouble in the area--and had even made a favorable impression on her neighbors.
"One time, a number of years ago, she asked me to figure some, of course, insurance rates because that's what I do for my living and at that particular time seemed to be a nice lady," Collins said.
According to the Oklahoma State Courts Network, Aldrich was released on $25,000 bond from the Cleveland County Jail on the condition that she be subject to supervision by electronic monitoring.
Woodward said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges of cocaine trafficking, illegal possession of drug proceeds, and unlawful use of wire transfers.