Two arrested for human trafficking

On Friday, January 10, 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 is charged with two counts Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree (During Felony), both felonies 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.
Kobel is charged with one count Unlawful Imprisonment, a felony punishable by 15 years and/or $20,000.00; and Habitual Offender Third Offense. Kobel’s bond was set at $25,000.00 10% cash surety.
Both remain lodged in the Crawford County Jail. Their next scheduled court appearance is on January 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

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