A man arrested by local authorities late last month was has been indicted on federal felony charges alleging he transported a woman from Mississippi to Texas in order for her to engage in prostitution.

A judge signed two federal indictments Dec. 4 charging Donquell James Allen, 30, of Dallas, with violation of the Mann Act and Travel Act. The indictments stem from a McLennan County Sheriff’s Office undercover prostitution sting conducted last month, the indictments state.

Local authorities arrested Allen Nov. 28 on a state charge of second-degree felony trafficking of persons when detectives were investigating prostitution advertisements in and around Waco. While conducting surveillance on a motel room, investigators saw Allen leave a room and wait for a man to meet the woman to engage in sex for a fee, officials said at the time.

The woman was detained, and investigators learned she was communicating with Allen during the undercover operation, court documents state.

Detectives learned Allen was previously arrested in Mississippi and Louisiana on similar prostitution charges.

According to the federal indictments, Allen transported the woman from Mississippi to Texas for the purpose of prostitution. While he was in custody in McLennan County, a phone call between Allen and the woman was recorded in which he arranging for the woman to engage in prostitution in order to obtain money for his bond, court records state.

Allen remained in McLennan County Jail until he was served with the federal charges. He was transferred to Jack Harwell Detention Center, where he remained Thursday with a no-bond hold.

A federal arraignment for Allen is scheduled Tuesday afternoon.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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