Trenton, SC (3 April 2019, 2:30 pm) –Investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) executed search warrants related to a sex trafficking investigation early this morning. Around 8:00 am, on April 3rd, ACSO SWAT Team, Officers from Aiken Department of Public Safety, agents with Department of Homeland Security (HSI) and Air Support Unit with Customs and Border Protection Agency served search warrants at 8086 and 8097 Justee Lane in Trenton as the result of an investigation that began four (4) months ago. Two other homes near these addresses were also served search warrants as part of this investigation. The investigation began when investigators obtained information on at least two individuals advertising a commercial sexual activity business on various websites. Craig Ellis Codd (52) and Simon Lavor Hammond (39), currently in the Aiken County Detention Center on unrelated charges, were served warrants on charges of Trafficking in Persons; 10 counts each. Two of the homes there were searched belonged to Codd and Hammond. Investigators have determined that there are at least 3 female victims that range in an age of 18-38. This investigation is still on-going and as information becomes available it will be release when appropriate.
If anyone has any information on this case or want to report sex trafficking, we ask them to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811. You can provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Phone tip-1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372),Web tip- www.midlanscrimestoppers.com and click Submit a Tip. Mobile tip- Download the new P3 Tips app on your Apple or Android Device.