Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives made three arrests Tuesday at a Punta Gorda motel in connection with a prostitution sting. Arrested were Ashley Marie Deluca, 26, 130 Chattanooga Dr., Ft. Myers; Brian Ashley Flowers, 31, and Eugene Lawrence Smith, 85, both of 923 Happy Drive, North Fort Myers.
Detectives made several phone calls to ads listed on Backpage.com and left messages. A woman called back and agreed to meet at Knights Inn, 9300 Knights Drive, Punta Gorda (At I-75/Exit-161). They agreed on a price of $200 for sex. Detectives then acquired two rooms at the motel and at 3:20 p.m., Deluca drove up in a red pickup, got out, and walked to the designated room while the other detectives were in the adjacent room. Passengers Smith and Flowers stayed in the pickup.
Deluca told the detective she did not bring condoms and they left the motel and walked to a gas station by the motel to purchase them. Deluca kept asking if the undercover detective was a cop because she said she did not want to get arrested. They returned to the room and the detective produced prerecorded Narcotics funds which she accepted. Deluca began taking her clothes off and got on the bed. A take down signal was given and the other detectives moved in and arrested Deluca.
Detectives approached the waiting pickup outside; Flowers exited and was arrested. Smith continually refused orders to get out to the truck and had to be removed; he was then arrested. Flowers said he and Smith were there to protect Deluca. He also said she takes the money from the trick and immediately buys Methamphetamine.
Deluca was charged with Prostitution and Driving While License Suspended (felony habitual), and Flowers was charged with Aiding in Prostitution. Smith was charged with Resisting Arrest and also had to register as a Sexual Predator when he was booked into the Charlotte County Jail and when he was released. Deluca remains in jail on $3,000 bond; Flowers also is in jail this morning on a $500 bond; Smith was released on $1,000 bond.