Undercover agents arrest five at casino on prostitution charges

June 29, 2021 | Courts|Featured

UPDATE: Ortiz sentenced

NEWKIRK — On April 20, 2022, Adrian Osvaldo Ortiz, entered a no contest plea to an amended charge of obstructing an officer and was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence in the county jail.


UPDATE: Schmidt sentenced

NEWKIRK — On Jan. 19, 2022, Tammy Schmidt entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of outraging public decency and was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence in the county jail.


NEWKIRK — Initial appearances are scheduled for five people facing prostitution charges as a result of a Human Trafficking Operation conducted by the Kay County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and tribal law enforcement at 7 Clans Casino and Hotel located north of Newkirk.

Tammy Ranee Schmidt, 50, Wichita, Kan; Jessica Marie McPherson, 38, Goddard, Kan; Catrina Monique Profit, 28, Wichita, Kan, and Adrian Osvaldo Ortiz, 34, Clarksville, Tenn. are all free on $1,500 bond and facing misdemeanor charges of engaging in prostitution.

My Linh Nguyen, 36, Wichita, Kan, is free on $5,000 bond and facing felony counts of distribution of a CDS with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor count of engaging in prostitution.

Investigator Ron Teel reports in the affidavit that on June 17, he assisted the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Otoe-Missouria Police Department at the casino with the operation.

Officers and agents reportedly answered online escort advertisements for the purpose of receiving sexual acts for money.

An undercover official reportedly communicated with McPherson and arranged a meeting for sex.

Agents report that McPherson and Nguyen arrived and made contact with the undercover officer. The trio went into a hotel room monitored by agents, where the officer presented $500 for sex. McPherson reportedly agreed to the deal. (see related story here)

Nguyen reportedly agreed to have sex with the officer for $60 upfront and another $740 afterwards. 

The pair were then detained by agents.

Agents report finding meth in a purse belonging to Nguyen. Officials also searched a vehicle and report finding drugs including THC manufactured in California. A background check reportedly shows Nguyen has a felony record in San Diego, Calif.

Profit was arrested after reportedly agreeing to have sex with an undercover officer for $460. Ortiz was arrested after reportedly agreeing to sex with an undercover officer for $500 and Schmidt was arrested after reportedly agreeing to have sex with an undercover officer for $400.

All are scheduled to appear in district court on July 2.