Feds in Michigan Capture ICE’s Most Wanted Human Trafficker

Darrick “Tone” Bell (Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections)
Michigan Department of Corrections

Federal agents in Michigan have nabbed the top human trafficker on the Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Most Wanted List, officials said Wednesday.

The U.S. Marshals arrested Darrick Bell, 50, at the Econo Lodge, a motel in Monroe, Michigan, an ICE official told the media, according to Fox News.

The suspect, known as Tone or Ghost, was in possession of $12,000 in cash and cocaine, federal officers reported. A woman was also arrested at the same time.

An ICE spokesman said that Bell was linked to a raid in 2017 when a group of women were freed from a motel where they were drugged, beaten, and threatened while being forced into prostitution. But Bell escaped officials and has been on the run ever since.

With his apprehension this week, Bell and five others were charged under a nine-count indictment on sex trafficking, forced labor, drug trafficking, money laundering, and other charges.

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