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Police arrest woman on prostitution charge

Police arrested a Fargo woman on suspicion of prostitution after serving a search warrant for drugs at a motel.

A worker at the Fargo's Flying J Inn, 3150 39th St. S., called police Friday because of a suspicion of drugs in a room, Lt. Tod Dahle said. When officers served the warrant they found Natalie Metzner, 19, and another man who was trying to hide in the bathroom, Dahle said.

Evidence in the room connected Metzner, 4788 San Juan Drive S., to an exotic dance service called In Dancer, and a briefcase belonging to the company's owner was found holding marijuana and a pipe, Dahle said. The owner of the briefcase, Steven Helm, 26, of Bismarck, was not in the room, but police later arrested him on suspicion of marijuana possession.

The man who police believed had paid Metzner was not arrested because the state does not have a law against solicitors of prostitutes, Dahle said.

At the Fargo Police Department's request, the state legislature is considering a bill that would make hiring a prostitute a Class B misdemeanor, the same level offense as prostitution.

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