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The attorney for a man accused of running a large-scale human-trafficking ring has asked a Dallas County judge to lower the man’s $500,000 bond.
Omar Nawaz, who is representing Tremont Blakemore, wrote in the bond reduction motion that Blakemore and his family are unable to afford the fees required to go through a bondsman to post bail.
“It goes without saying, they cannot post a cash bond,” Nawaz wrote.
Blakemore was arrested at a rental home in north Fort Worth on Sept. 11 during a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a sex-trafficking ring, Dallas police said.
“Blakemore and this group has been tied to prostitution activity in multiple cities in Texas and throughout the nation,” the department said. “The victims he has trafficked for the purposes of prostitution come from as far away as Maine, Wyoming and Montana.”
Police recovered 15 women from two homes — at 12405 Yellow Wood Drive in Fort Worth and 1786 Overlook Drive in Lancaster.
Two boys — ages 2 and 9 months — were also removed from the Yellow Wood Drive home and placed in foster care.
Nawaz wrote that Blakemore has “strong, deeply rooted and abundant ties to the community.” He also wrote that Blakemore’s criminal history “reveals a single blemish — in 1996” when he was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in Lubbock, his hometown.
However, a criminal history check by the Star-Telegram also shows that Blakemore was found guilty in 2006 in Lubbock of evading arrest.
He was arrested in Broward County, Florida, in 2016 for violation of probation and driving under the influence.
Nawaz also wrote that Blakemore’s bond should be lowered because Blakemore is unable to walk without crutches. He was arrested with a cast on his leg and it was removed ahead of schedule.
A judge has not yet ruled on the motion.
Dallas police have said that Blakemore routinely kept a group of about 20 women whom he sold for profit. However, they suspect he has controlled and manipulated more than 100 women.