By JENNIFER M. KELLY and CHRISTOPHER A. MUNGER-FOLKNERDATAPART,Associated PressThe Associated PressAssociated PressBETHLEHEM (AP) — An Oklahoma escort was arrested Friday in Texas on federal charges that she and her former boss allegedly engaged in a sex ring that allegedly provided hundreds of dollars worth of drugs and sex toys.
A U.S. attorney’s office spokesman said in a statement the charge of distributing a controlled substance with intent to distribute was upgraded to a felony after the arrest of Elizabeth M. Smith, 51, of Bryan.
Smith and her husband, Thomas M. Brown, 55, of Lubbock, are accused of transporting drugs, prostitution and other paraphernalia through Dallas, Texas, and Lubbocks.
The indictment unsealed Friday charges Brown with conspiracy to distribute a controlled drug with intent.
It also said Brown used his business to conduct prostitution and provide drugs to women in Lubbons hometown of San Marcos.
The indictment says Smith is accused of providing Brown with drugs and the ability to perform sex acts with prostitutes.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.A. attorney David W. Foltz of Lumberton.
Brown is also charged with violating a federal statute against engaging in the business of prostitution, a charge he denies.
His attorney, Robert S. Pender, said Brown and Smith were married, and Smith’s ex-husband, Richard, had a son and a daughter who live in New York.
Pender said Smith and Brown had a 10-year-old daughter, and the couple had lived together for years.
He said Brown’s wife and daughter moved out of the house in 2011.
The complaint alleges that Smith provided sex toys, such as anal beads, for Brown’s clients, which were used in the trafficking of methamphetamine and other drugs.
The complaint says Smith allegedly distributed marijuana, cocaine, hashish and other illegal drugs and marijuana paraphernali to Brown’s employees, and that Brown would send Smith the marijuana and other contraband for him to deliver.
The investigation started in October 2011 after law enforcement agents searched a house in Bryan.
The agents found several bags containing methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin and other materials that Brown allegedly used to sell drugs, the complaint said.
According to the indictment, Brown provided a vehicle to his ex-wife and two others, which they drove to Texas and then to Lubbicks home.
They were stopped at a bus stop.
Brown and the other defendants allegedly provided Smith with a room to rent and provided her with a vehicle and a bed in which to sleep, the indictment said.
Smith is also accused of using a credit card to pay Brown’s bills, the charges said.
Smith was arrested in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and a child.
Brown was arrested and is scheduled to appear in court on March 15.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.