Chestertown man charged with maintaining ‘common nuisance’ to deal drugs

CHESTERTOWN — A man accused of distributing narcotics out of the house where he was renting a room is being held in the Kent County Detention Center without bond pending the outcome of a preliminary hearing later this month.

On March 25, David Lawrence Grant, 44, of Chestertown was issued an arrest warrant charging him with multiple counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance that is not cannabis and possession of paraphernalia, as well as maintaining a common nuisance for the purpose of administering or distributing narcotics.

The arrest came less than a week after the Kent County Narcotics Task Force executed a court-authorized search and seizure warrant for the person of Grant and his residence in the 200-block of Mt. Vernon Avenue.

According to charging documents, the search and seizure warrant was executed at about 11:30 p.m. March 19. Grant was identified as a passenger of a 2024 Volkswagen SUV with Texas plates that was parked in front of the house.

Grant and the other three occupants of the vehicle were removed from the vehicle and detained during execution of the search warrant.

A K-9 scanned the vehicle and gave a positive alert to the odor of suspected drugs, according to the application for statement of charges.

From the vehicle, police seized suspected crack cocaine and a smoking device with suspected crack cocaine residue.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Shannon Lynn Griscom, 35, and one of the passengers, identified as Roshayla Brittany Miller, 31, both of Chestertown, subsequently were issued district court summonses for possession of a controlled dangerous substance that is not cannabis and possession of paraphernalia.

 They were released on personal recognizance.

According to charging documents, the following was seized from Grant’s room: two spoons with suspected cocaine residue; two clear gel capsules with residue of suspected heroin/fentanyl mixture; four plastic flip-top containers with suspected cocaine residue; five small plastic bags with suspected cocaine residue; and a digital scale with suspected cocaine residue.

Police also seized a glass smoking device with suspected crack cocaine residue during a search of Grant.

In the application for statement of charges, the task force officer who authored the search and seizure warrant wrote: “Throughout the course of this investigation, investigators observed foot traffic consistent with hand-to-hand drug transactions. Known mid-level drug dealers and known drug users were observed entering and exiting” the Mt. Vernon Avenue residence “on a routine basis.”

Numerous citizens complaints were filed with the Chestertown Police Department and Kent County Narcotics Task Force in reference to the foot traffic, suspected drug activity and incidents involving the Mt. Vernon Avenue address, according to the charging documents.

“All these actions and incidents pared [sic] with the seizure of CDS and paraphernalia are indicative and consistent” with Grant “maintaining a common nuisance residence,” the charging documents state.

Grant has a preliminary hearing April 24 in the District Court for Kent County. At that time a judge will determine if there is probable cause to believe that he committed the offenses.

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The Kent County Narcotics Task Force is a cooperative enforcement effort between the Maryland State Police, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Chestertown Police Department, Rock Hall Police Department, Office of the Kent County State’s Attorney and the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Suspected drug activity can be reported to the task force by calling 410-778-3744. Callers may remain anonymous.

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