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   2 indicted in kidnap, sex traffic case

Special to The News

BEAUMONT — Two suspects have been indicted for kidnapping and sex trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown said Thursday.

Darrell Oliver Lewis, 25, and Lanyale Briana Briggs, 29, both of Beaumont, were named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday charging them with kidnapping and sex trafficking by means of force.

According to the indictment, Lewis and Briggs on March 5 are alleged to have forcefully transported a woman from Texas to Louisiana with intentions of engaging in sex trafficking.

If convicted, the defendants each face up to life in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.