Compton man sentenced to 65 years in prison for human trafficking in Long Beach

A Long Beach judge sentenced a Compton gang member, Devin Marcus Wright, to 65 years in prison Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of three felony counts of human trafficking, among other charges.

Wright, along with two co-defendants, is also awaiting trial for the shooting death of Victor Alford in 2016 near 61st Street and Orange Avenue in North Long Beach, police said. The shooting is unrelated to the human trafficking case.

Wright, 23, was convicted of one count of human trafficking of an adult and two counts of human trafficking of a minor in addition to three counts of criminal threats, one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, one count of possessing a concealed firearm in a vehicle, with three special gang enhancement allegations.

“During a six-month investigation, the Long Beach Police Department’s Vice Section learned Wright used physical force and threats of violence to persuade two female minors and one female adult to engage in sex acts in exchange for money,” police said in a release.

Long Beach police arrested Wright in June 2017 for driving while in possession of a firearm.

“Detectives believe Wright was in the area searching for the adult victim who worked as a prostitute,” the release said.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.