A Smyrna man and woman face heroin charges after the woman was first arrested for stealing from Dover Downs casino where she worked.


A Smyrna man and woman face heroin charges after the woman was first arrested for stealing from Dover Downs casino where she worked.

On March 28, Delaware State Police detectives assigned to the Division of Gaming Enforcement arrested Gina A. Savinell, 37, of Smyrna, in connection with the theft of cheques from the craps tables during her shift as a dealer at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Savinell faces three counts of felony theft greater than $1,500 and one count of theft under $1,500, police said.

A search of Savinell’s employee locker resulted in the seizure of an undisclosed amount of heroin and money, police said.

A search warrant was executed on Savinell’s Greens Branch Lane residence where additional heroin, drug paraphernalia, and gaming cheques were located.

Two juvenile children were at the residence and were turned over to family members.

Savinell was also charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy second degree, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was committed to the Women’s Correctional Institute in lieu of a secured bond to await another court appearance.

Sean D. Savinell Sr., 42, of Smyrna, was at the residence during the search and was taken into custody. He was formally charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy second degree, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of a secured bond to await another court appearance.

Gaming Enforcement officials, who were advised of the possible cheque thefts by the Dover Downs Surveillance Department, credited Dover Downs’ Security and Surveillance for their vigilance and assistance during this investigation.

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, Smyrna Police Department and Delaware State Police assigned to Troop 3 also assisted in this investigation.