Responding to community complaints, officers from the Fourth Precinct Crime Section and the Community Oriented Police Enforcement team (called COPE) conducted a "john" sting on Mastic Avenue, police said in a news release.
Arrested and charged with third-degree patronizing a prostitute were:
Jose Morales, 22, of Mastic Beach
Melvin Antonio-Villalobos, 32, of Shirley
Lelis Canales, 31, of 8 Lehigh St., Mastic
Adin Granados, 28, of 44 Juniper St., Medford
Myron Bohannon, 43, of 20 Astoria Road, Mastic Beach
Lambert Marsh, 55, of 91 Pinewood Ave., Mastic Village
Morales also was charged with an outstanding bench warrant, and Bohannon, a Level 3 sex offender, was additionally charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.
Morales and Bohannon are being held overnight and are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Islip.
The other four were released on bail, police said.