A man and two women are facing multiple charges after police arrested them in a prostitution sting on Tuesday at a Sandy Springs hotel.
Ashley E. Giordano-McQueen, Keith N. Powell and Angela L. Blanchard were each charged with possession of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, and keeping a place of prostitution. Powell was also charged with pimping and Giordano-McQueen was charged with prostitution.
Jail records show that Giordano-McQueen bonded out on Wednesday, but Blanchard and Powell are still being held at the Fulton County Jail.
According to a police report, an undercover investigator with Sandy Springs Police made contact with a woman named “Brooke” after responding to her ad on backpage.com. “Brooke” was later identified as Giordano-McQueen, of Marietta.
Police say Giordano-McQueen’s ad said "100 Real Pictures! No Fakes! Number One Choice. No Games! One of a Kind-29" and featured a video of her dancing and touching herself.
The undercover investigator then exchanged text messages with “Brooke” to hang out with her for a half hour, police said. “Brooke” quoted the officer a price of $200 and sent him the address of the hotel, the Hilton at 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. When the undercover investigator asked, “Can that $200 include oral sex?”, she said yes.
Police arrived at the hotel just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday. After the undercover investigator knocked twice, Blanchard, who is from Canton, answered the door, police said.
Moments after the undercover officer entered the room, additional officers knocked on the door and went in. Police said they found Giordano-McQueen on the bathroom floor with a syringe in her hand and an extension cord wrapped around her right arm, police said.
Minutes later, Powell , who is from Atlanta, appeared in the doorway and told police the hotel room belonged to him. Police searched Powell and found a glass smoking pipe in his possession.
When police asked Powell about his involvement with the two women, Powell admitted to arranging meetings for them from their online ads. Police said Powell admitted to communicating with the undercover investigator through text messages, posing as “Brooke.”
Police then searched the room and found 2.2 grams of heroin, 0.8 grams of meth, 0.4 grams of cocaine, multiple syringes, two silver spoons covered in heroin residue, pills and two ledgers – one of which belonged to Blanchard who had advertised herself online as “Lotus.”
Blanchard would not admit to prostitution, but police said investigators made contact with her on several occasions and that she last posted an ad on May 12.
Arrest warrants were granted for all three suspects and they were transferred to the Fulton County Jail.