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Adonis Baker, also known as “Albuquerque Big,” came to the attention of law enforcement in February 2016.
In the 18 months since then, authorities conducted multiple undercover operations and requested search warrants and subpoenas before arresting him on federal sex-trafficking charges last month.
A recently unsealed search warrant affidavit filed in federal court lays out a picture of him forcing at least five women and a teenager to work for him as prostitutes, transporting them from Albuquerque to Phoenix to Colorado Springs. He would beat them and use heroin to ensure their cooperation, according to a search warrant affidavit.
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