A Georgia man was promoting prostitution by renting hotel rooms for young women to entertain clients, a Biloxi police official said.
Eric Bernard Luster, 42, of Marietta, also was found with enough cocaine to justify a charge of possession with intent to distribute, Biloxi Police Major Christopher De Back said.
Police arrested Luster and three young women Tuesday night at the Quality Inn on Oakmont Place and Beach Boulevard, also known as U.S. 90.
Luster faces three felony charges — promoting prostitution, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and hindering prosecution.
“His prostitution charge comes, from a lack of a better term, being a pimp,” De Back said.
Police also arrested a 22-year-old woman from Covington, Kentucky; a 27-year-old woman from Buford, Georgia; and a 21-year-old woman who did not give an address, he said.
Each woman faces misdemeanor charges of prostitution and possession of paraphernalia. Their bonds total $1,000 each.
Luster’s charge of hindering prostitution involves the 22-year-old woman. Luster knew she faces a drug charge in Kentucky and did not turn her in, De Back said.
Luster and the women were booked at the Harrison County jail.
Luster’s bonds, set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain, total $150,000.