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Summerville police and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office have arrested 13 people in connection with a pair of undercover prostitution stings, authorities announced on Tuesday.

The first operation took place on June 8 and centered on a Quality Inn at 1005 Jockey Court, located on the outskirts of the town's limits near the Interstate 26-North Main Street interchange, said Lt. Nick Santanna, a police spokesman.

Four people were charged with prostitution. One of those arrested was also charged with one count of heroin possession, police said. 

Two more suspects face narcotics-related charges in connection with the June 8 sting, police said. One person has been charged with one count each of heroin and cocaine base possession. Another faces one count of heroin possession. 

Dorchester County and Summerville authorities conducted a second sting on June 27-28 at the Wyndham Garden Summerville at 120 Holiday Inn Drive, police said. 

Five people were arrested on suspicion of prostitution. One of those arrested was also charged with one count of heroin possession, police said. 

Authorities made two additional arrests on narcotics-related charges. One person was charged with one count each of possessing heroin, and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, police said. Another was charged with one count of possessing meth with intent to distribute.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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