ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three people pleaded guilty last week to federal charges for sex trafficking and prostitution in a sex trafficking ring in and around New Mexico.
Adonis Baker, 35, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child. Inkosi Gandberry, 38, plead guilty to transportation for prostitution by coercion. Leotha Williams, 58, also plead guilty to transportation for prostitution by coercion.
According to a plea agreement filed in a United States District Court in New Mexico, Baker, also known as “Albuquerque Big,” admitted to convincing “Jane Doe 6” to get into his car in Phoenix by offering her drugs.
“Once she was in my car, she fell asleep and I drove her to my apartment in Albuquerque,” Baker said in the agreement.
He admitted he knew she would be prostituted, and in the plea said, “and I told her that.”
According to a search warrant affidavit, Baker would beat up women working for him as prostitutes and inject them with heroin to ensure their cooperation.
Sean Sullivan, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said in a release Monday Baker faces a 14-year prison sentence which was determined by a plea agreement.
According to the release, Grandberry admitted in another plea agreement he helped Baker convince another woman to travel from Phoenix to Albuquerque in 2015 for prostitution. He faces 20 years in prison.
Williams, of Memphis, Tennessee, admitted to convincing yet another woman to get into Baker’s car at a bus stop in Albuquerque and travel to Colorado Springs where the release says he “ensured” the woman engaged in prostitution. Williams faces 36 to 60 months in prison under a plea agreement.
The court has not yet set a sentencing date.