A New Windsor man who allegedly trapped women in a sex-trafficking ring could face more charges as cops uncover additional details about the operation.
Alexander Adams III of New Windsor already faces a dozen felony charges. Adams kept several women imprisoned in hotel rooms, according to authorities in Orange County, who have been tracking Adams' activities since January.
Adams was holding at least three women when detectives arrested him Thursday, The Associated Press reported. The case is unusual, authorities said, because the victims were U.S. citizens and were all older than 18.
Prosecutors tapped a special fund "so that each of the victims can be placed into a safe environment," Karen Edelman-Reyes, an assistant district attorney in Orange County, said during a Friday news conference.
Cops said they don't know how the women were lured into the operation and would not say how many women were ultimately involved in the trafficking ring, which they said operated for more than a year.
Police raided two local hotels where Adams rented rooms, as well as his house on Little Britain Road in New Windsor.
They found heroin packets and a stash of crack cocaine worth an estimated $10,000 as well as more than $75,000 in cash and two illegal handguns, Town of Newburgh Police Chief Michael Clancy said.
The women allegedly kept hostage by Adams were "threatened, coerced, beaten" if they struggled or tried to escape, Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips said during Friday's news conference. The women were sexually abused as well, he said.
Cops said they weren't sure exactly what Adams eventually planned to do with the women but said the New Windsor man had allegedly diverse criminal interests.
"There's a definite tie-in between the prostitution, the sex trafficking and the drugs, and crime has no borders in this area," Clancy said.
Adams, who is represented by Legal Aid, was charged with sex trafficking and three counts of first-degree rape, as well as felonies on charges of criminal sexual acts and criminal possession of a weapon.
He remained in Orange County Jail on Saturday without the possibility of posting bail. He's due back in New Windsor Town Court on April 11.