Roscommon Man Guilty in Human Trafficking Case

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CRAWFORD COUNTY, MICH. On Friday, January 10th, 2020, at approximately 3:00 a.m. troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Houghton Lake Post were called to assist with an investigation of an alleged human trafficking case.

Deputies from the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office had a woman in custody for stealing a vehicle. The woman alleges she escaped a residence on Roberta Drive in Crawford County where she was being forced to clean the residence and perform acts of prostitution.The victim stated she was being held against her will by two suspects, identified as James Manford Jarrell and Jeffrey Allen Kobel, both 50 years of age and Roscommon residents.

She had been brought up north from Ypsilanti a few days earlier. There was also alleged drug dealing at the residence.

The MSP Emergency Support Team (EST), Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group (STING), MSP canine, MSP Houghton Lake Post and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence and arrested Jarrell and Kobel.Jarrell was charged with two counts Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) First Degree (During Felony), both punishable by Life; one count Unlawful Imprisonment, a felony punishable by 15 years and/or $20,000.00; and Habitual Offender Fourth Offense.

Jarrell’s bond was set at $100,000.00 cash surety.

Jarrell was found guilty in a Circuit Court trial last week on two counts CSC First Degree and one count Unlawful Imprisonment. He is scheduled for sentencing on December 7, 2020 at 11:15 a.m.Kobel is still awaiting trial.

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