Two northern Michigan men charged after woman claims to have been trafficked

ROSCOMMON, MI – Michigan state police said they arrested two men in northern Michigan after a woman said she escaped from a home where she was forced into prostitution.

At 3:00 am on Friday, January 10, soldiers from the Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post were called to participate in an investigation into an alleged human trafficking case.

Members of the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office had a woman in detention who was charged with stealing a vehicle. The woman alleged that she was forced into prostitution at the Roberta Drive residence, in the township of South Branch, in the county of Crawford, near Roscommon.

The woman said she was detained against her will by two suspects, identified as James Manford Jarrell and Jeffrey Allen Kobel, both 50 and residents of the Roscommon area. The woman was brought to the Ypsilanti area a few days earlier, police said.

MSP Emergency Support Team, Strike Team Narcotic Investigation Group (STING), Canine MSP, MSP Houghton Lake Post and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office executed on warrant Search the home and arrested the two men, according to a Michigan State Police press release.

Jarrell is charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual behavior and one count of illegal imprisonment and a fourth regular offender. The charge of sexual conduct is punishable by life imprisonment. The bond was set at $ 100,000 in cash.

Kobel is charged with one count of illegal imprisonment and a third repeat offender. The charge is a crime and is punishable up to 15 years. The deposit was set at $ 25,000 in cash.

The pair remain in Crawford County jail. Their next court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday January 28.

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