Hotel manager, boyfriend charged in heroin case
KINGSTOWN — The Courtyard Inn manager and her boyfriend are facing drug charges after the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force searched the motel Jan. 19.
Members of the task force, assisted by local Maryland State Police troopers and members of the Kent County Narcotics Task Force, served a warrant about 12:30 p.m. to search manager Lindsey Ann McGinnes’ office and bedroom at the Courtyard Inn, 6336 Church Hill Road, Chestertown.
Police entered the office through an unlocked door. McGinnes, 35, was detained on the scene. A search of McGinnes’ and boyfriend Michael Dwayne Tate’s bedroom revealed 27.2 grams of suspected heroin and four Adderall pills, police said.
McGinnes, who has a prior criminal history for drug violations, was charged on an open arrest warrant for maintaining a common nuisance for allowing heroin dealers to operate from the motel, in addition to possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia.
Tate, 29, who has a previous criminal history for drug violations, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia.
The search was the result of a fivemonth long investigation into heroin use and sales from the Courtyard Inn. During this investigation, multiple vehicles were stopped as they left the motel and investigators said they recovered heroin, cocaine and prescription pills. On two occasions, heroin dealers were stopped as they were returning to the motel with large amounts of heroin in their possession, police said.
The manager of Courtyard Inn on Route 213 in Kingstown was charged with maintaining a common nuisance for allowing heroin dealers to operate from the motel, police said.
LINDSEY A. MCGINNES
MICHAEL D. TATE