BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday announced a Birmingham man has been arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, among other charges, and is under investigation by the FBI for possible human trafficking.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Chico Allen was arrested on July 5th by Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators conducting a drug investigation involving Allen, after he reportedly failed to show up in court.
Investigators learned Allen had been staying in a hotel on Crestwood Boulevard in Jefferson County. When they arrived at the location they were greeted by two women, who told them he was not in the room.
Officials say Allen was found at a second location and arrested for possession of a stolen handgun, suboxone, almost two ounces of methamphetamine and human trafficking, in addition to the outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a receiving stolen property 1st degree charge.
Investigators at the hotel developed information that the two women who answered the door at the hotel room were being kept in the room to serve as prostitutes, and were possible victims of human trafficking. A third possible victim of human trafficking was identified by the FBI, as the sheriff’s office contacted them for help with the human trafficking investigation.
Allen is charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Receiving Stolen Property 2nd Degree, Carrying a Pistol without a License, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
The sheriff’s office says the investigation into human trafficking is ongoing and charges against Allen are expected in the case once the investigation is completed.