Birmingham man arrested for trafficking meth; could face human trafficking charges

Chico Allen (photo from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

40-year-old Chico Allen, of Birmingham, was arrested on July 5, 2018 for trafficking methamphetamine and other drug related charges. Additionally, authorities say Allen could face human trafficking charges.

During a drug investigation involving Allen, narcotics investigators learned that he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on a charge of receiving stolen property.

Investigators were met by two women at the hotel room where Allen was believed to be. They told investigators that he was not in the room. Allen was soon found leaving a second location.

While being arrested on the outstanding warrant, Allen was found to have a stolen handgun, suboxone, and nearly two ounces of meth. Allen now faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, 2nd degree receiving stolen property, carrying a pistol without a license, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he remains with no bond.

During the investigation at the original hotel room, investigators learned that the women were kept there to serve as prostitutes. Other information indicated that the women were possibly victims of human trafficking.

After contacting the FBI, investigators returned to the hotel on July 6, 2018 and learned that other women were also being kept there for the same purpose, and a third possible victim of human trafficking was identified. The investigation into human trafficking is ongoing and charges against Chico Allen are expected in this case once the investigation is completed, according to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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