Authorities say Cornelius “Chip” Galloway led a sex trafficking ring with his wife, Danielle Galloway, and that they posted photographs of women and at least one minor on websites advertising sex for hire.
In mid-January, one of the women they prostituted – and who witnesses say they had once kept in a dog crate – was found dead in a Foothills park.
Tobi Lynn Stanfill, 20, was shot point blank in the right side of her head, according to an autopsy report.
In an act police say was related, the previous day 39-year-old Daryl Young was shot and killed in a room at a Motel 6 near the Big I.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Metropolitan Court, the Galloways were behind both killings.
Both Galloways face federal charges of conspiracy, commercial sex trafficking and commercial sex trafficking of a minor. They were arrested Wednesday and are in federal custody.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has also charged Matthew Woods, 28, with the same charges for his alleged involvement in the ring, as well as for attempting to recruit a victim for commercial sex. He is being held on state charges in an unrelated case.
The three forced a victim to have sex for money last year and had a minor working as a prostitute in March and April of this year, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Detectives with the Albuquerque Police Department say the group used Stanfill as a prostitute, and Cornelius Galloway, 34, hired a man to kill her and Young because they may have been interfering with the business.
The alleged hit man, Adrian Causey, 25, is charged with two counts of murder.
It’s unclear if Causey is in custody. An APD spokesman said all information would come from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez did not respond to questions about the case.
But Martinez did confirm in a press release that authorities believe the sex trafficking ring run by the Galloways is tied to the deaths of Stanfill and Young.
Martinez wrote, “The victims allegedly were murdered at the direction of Cornelius Galloway because their activities were contrary to the objectives of the criminal sex trafficking organization.”
She did not respond to questions about whether Galloway or the other two sex trafficking defendants will face murder charges.
Victim was ‘really smart’
Former corrections officer Misti Chavez said she first met Stanfill, who is from Tularosa, at a juvenile detention center last year.
She said Stanfill had been released from the center in the spring of 2016 and had remained in Albuquerque.
Chavez described Stanfill as “super energetic and really smart” and said she had completed her GED and was attending classes at Central New Mexico Community College.
“She was real big on being a mentor and showing other kids how to stop what they’re doing now and how to change things,” Chavez said. “We all had really high hopes for her.”
On Jan. 16, someone walking through Supper Rock Park, near Interstate 40 and Tramway, found Stanfill’s body face down. She had been shot once in the head.
Sources told detectives she had been killed because she used to work for Cornelius Galloway, according to the affidavit. They said Galloway, who was called “Chip,” had threatened to kill Stanfill if she didn’t work for him and he had hired “some guys from Kansas” to kill her.
They said before she was killed, she had been abused by Danielle Galloway, 43.
“(The source) stated that Danielle, who is Chip’s wife, had Tobi locked in a cage or a dog crate at the Howard Johnson’s Motel,” a detective wrote in the affidavit. “(The source) said Tobi escaped and (the source) picked up Tobi on the street wearing only her underwear.”
It is unclear from the affidavit when that incident happened. It’s also unclear how Stanfill and Young were connected to one another, but her phone number was found in his phone after his body was discovered in a hotel room on Jan. 15.
Cellphone and social media records, as well as firearm evidence, implicate Causey and another man, who has not been charged, in their deaths, according to the affidavit.
A source told detectives Stanfill and Young were “pimping and moving their opportunities” and that Stanfill was in the motel room when Young was killed, and that’s why she was killed.
Young’s friends say he grew up in Albuquerque.
“He was a good guy, a real humble guy,” said Ray Caldwell.