Man charged after 7 human trafficking victims found in SUV in NC

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – Troopers say a suspect who was initially at-large after seven human trafficking victims were found inside a vehicle on Tuesday evening has now been taken into custody.

A traffic stop on Interstate 85 near mile marker 8 on the highway began when troopers pulled over a gray Toyota Sequoia.

When officers looked inside the SUV, they found seven people who were later determined to be victims of human trafficking. In addition to this, troopers also found methamphetamines and other illegal substances inside the vehicle.

The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Edgar Ortiz, initially fled the scene, but was apprehended and taken into custody later Tuesday night.

He is currently being held without bond on multiple charges.

Upon looking inside the car, officials located seven individuals who were later determined to be victims of human trafficking.

In addition to this, the troopers also found methamphetamines and other illegal substances inside of the vehicle.

The suspect initially fled the scene but he was apprehended later Tuesday evening. Edgar Ortiz, 37, is being transported to the Gaston County jail in connection with the case.

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