Third suspect arrested in Pender County human trafficking investigation
By WECT Staff | September 16, 2020 at 11:40 AM EDT – Updated September 16 at 12:53 PM
PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a human trafficking investigation in Pender County.
Mackenzie Merrell Thigpen, 25, was taken into custody Tuesday while attending court in New Hanover County. He was charged with:
- Human trafficking – adult victim
- Promoting prostitution – advance
- Promoting prostitution – profit
- Felony conspiracy
The sheriff’s office said Thigpen utilized social media platforms with the photo below.
Anyone with information on Thigpen is asked to call Detective-Sergeant Steve Clinard or Detective-Sergeant Eric Short at 910-259-1437.
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