2nd arrest made in human trafficking investigation at Fayetteville motel

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A second person has been arrested in connection with a human trafficking investigation at a motel in Fayetteville, police said on Wednesday.

Merianda Gray, 25, of Fayetteville, was arrested on Tuesday by officers with the Fayetteville Police Department and the United States Marshals Service.

Gray is charged with two counts of first-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping, and two counts of aid and abet armed robbery, according to police.

The first arrest in the investigation came on Feb. 11 when authorities arrested James Calvin McEachern, Jr., 32 of Fayetteville.

McEachern is charged with two counts of first-degree forcible sex offense, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of aid and abet armed robbery, according to police.

McEachern is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $312,000 secured bond. Gray is being held under a $1 million secured bond.

Fayetteville police ask that if you know someone that has fallen victim to human trafficking or needs help to escape the lifestyle, call detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department. In addition, family members or victims of human trafficking can contact 5 Sparrows, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization whose mission is to assist in countering human trafficking within the United States.

Anyone with information regarding human trafficking is asked to contact Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1856 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

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