Whitehaven apartments home to 2 suspected brothels - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Whitehaven apartments home to 2 suspected brothels

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -  Nine-month-old Ishmael Gales is too young to know what prostitutes do.  But is mother isn't.

"That's good they got busted," his mother said, after hearing of a suspected brothel busted in the Cambridge Court Apartments in Whitehaven.

Precious Gales she never knew it was happening not far from where she and her family live.

"Does surprise me, cause I never knew anything like that was going on around here," she said.

The suspected brothel was busted Sunday after officers responded to a domestic disturbance during which Jimmy Gaston is accused of pulling a gun on Ashley Jefferies.  She's one of the women police say he was "pimping."  Gaston's girlfriend, Toni Brantley, was also arrested after Jefferies started talking.

That's when officers discovered the trio had set up shop at the nearby Peppertree Apartments as well.  Known for a string of violent crimes, news of brothel surprises even longtime tenants at Peppertree.

"When I heard about it, I said, I couldn't believe that," Darrick Smith said.

Jefferies told police they used the Internet to drum up business at both locations.

According to court records, explicit photos were found of Brantley Jefferies advertising for services at a price of $300 for both or $150 for each.

Jefferies told police she gave much of what she earned to Gaston and Brantley.  Brantley is the one who leased the space for both suspected brothels.

At last check, Gaston and Jefferies were still locked up while Brantley had bonded out.

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