Prostitution trial put on hold

QCS Reports

The four woman arrested in a prostitution ring at a local truck stop had their preliminary trial continued Tuesday.

Young Carpinello, 44, of Tucumcari, Jane Y. Yoh of California, Wu S. Yoo, 51, of Los Angeles and Myung H. Choi, 49, of Diamond Bar, Calif. were arrested Sept. 17 and charged with promoting prostitution at the “Trucker Spa,” 10 miles west of Tucumcari.

The women were scheduled for trial Tuesday at the Quay County Magistrate Court but the trial was delayed. A new trial date has not been set. Defense attorney Dean Border is representing Carpinello in the case and said the trial was continued because the state police have not filed the report containing the evidence they will bring to trial.

Several state police entities were involved in the undercover operation at the “Spa,” and according to Maj. Daniel Lopez of the New Mexico State Police, “several thousand dollars, video tapes and other documents,” were seized.

Border said the trial will not take place until he has the chance to go over the evidence the police collected. He estimated that the preliminary trial may not take place until December or January because of the large amount of information the state collected.

Each woman charged is currently free on bond. With Border representing Carpinello, the other three women have requested a Korean translator for the trial and are being represented by another attorney. Border expects all four women to be tried together.

The four woman were arrested at the culmination of a three month sting operation in which law enforcement officials obtained a warrant to search the green and white stucco building off Interstate 40 at exit 321 in Palomas. Undercover officers reported they observed illegal activity related to prostitution.