Washington state

Craigslist ads lead to prostitution arrests

BELLINGHAM - Police cited or arrested three people on prostitution-related charges after an investigation into ads on Craigslist.org.

The ads offered sex in exchange for money, according to Bellingham police.

On Saturday, Lynn Renee Honcoop, 27, of Maple Falls was cited on suspicion of prostitution, while Gregory Pierce Shearer, 30, of Maple Falls was arrested on suspicion of promoting prostitution in connection with one ad, police said.

While investigating that, detectives spotted another suspicious ad. Raquel Eileen Hopkins of Seattle was arrested Sunday on suspicion of prostitution after meeting with an undercover detective at a local motel, police said.