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Madera County Sheriff’s Office Makes Human Trafficking Arrest; Looking for Additional Victims

MADERA — On July 28, Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) detectives arrested 27-year-old Madera Ranchos resident Dylan Colby Nichols Dobbs after an investigation involving his abuse, coercion, and sex trafficking of a 22-year-old woman.

Dobbs has been booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections on felony charges of human trafficking, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, financial elder abuse, and grand theft. He is also being held on probation violations.

Dobbs’ bail has been set at $1,025,000.

According to MCSO PIO Sarah Jackson, it is believed that Dobbs has been using social media to contact and befriend potential victims. MCSO also believes Dobbs has been sex trafficking several women and girls in and around the areas of San Francisco and Las Vegas while controlling them through coercion, threats, and violence.

The MCSO is asking anyone who may have have information regarding additional victims to please call their office at 559-675-7770. Tips may also be emailed to MCSOTip@maderacounty.com.

Anonymous tips may be made through Valley Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP (7867), or by texting “Tip MaderaSO” — followed by your message — to 888777.

The MCSO would also like to thank the public for their help in locating additional witnesses and/or victims.

In addition to the MCSO arresting and charging Dobbs with the above mentioned felonies, the investigative services unit at Central Division CHP is charging him with the unrelated drive-by shooting that occurred on SR-41 near Hidden Hills on the morning of July 27. These two crimes are unrelated to the MCSO’s investigation of human trafficking and the CHP investigation of the drive-by shooting. Please contact Sergeant Pennings with the CHP at 559-277-7250 if you have any information.


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