On September 7, 2018, a jury trial concluded at the Long Beach Superior Court convicting Devin Marcus Wright, a City of Compton gang member, who was found guilty of 8 felony counts.
Those counts include 1 count of human trafficking of an adult with a special allegation of great bodily injury on the victim, 2 counts of human trafficking of a minor, 3 counts of criminal threats, 1 count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, 1 count of possessing a concealed firearm in a vehicle, with 3 special gang enhancement allegations. The convictions and enhancements total a maximum sentence of 71 years and 8 months. On October 2, 2018, Wright will be sentenced at the Long Beach Superior Court.
During a six-month investigation, the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Vice Section learned Wright used physical force and threats of violence to persuade two female minors and one female adult to engage in sex acts in exchange for money.
On June 24, 2017, LBPD detectives arrested Wright in the City of Compton. At the time of the arrest, Wright was driving while in possession of a firearm. Detectives believe Wright was in the area searching for the adult victim who worked as a prostitute.
During the same six-month period, the LBPD’s Homicide Detail also investigated Wright for an unrelated murder that occurred in the 6100 block of Orange Avenue on May 15, 2016. He was later charged in the homicide and is awaiting trial along with three other co-defendants.
The below link is the LBPD’s news release regarding the May 15, 2016 murder: