An Atlanta police officer was arrested on Monday after a drug raid found her in an apartment with $8,000 cash, guns, and $30,000 worth of drugs. Investigators said that they raided an apartment where people were suspected of selling drugs, but much to the police’s surprise, they found an Atlanta police officer at the brains of the drugs and money.
Officer Iris Rowe of the Atlanta Police Department was arrested in reference to a drug investigation this week in College Park, Ga. On Monday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., the College Park Special Operations team raided a unit in the Alexandria Landing apartment complex. Investigators were looking for suspects Jeremy Laye and Tony Robinson because of suspected drug sales and activity from the apartment, but when cops kicked down the door, they found Laye, Robinson and Officer Rowe.
Officials arrested all three individuals and attempted to question Rowe about whether she had any involvement in the drug activity. She chose not to make any statements, WGXA reports.
Laye’s two children, believed to be 4 and 5 years old, were also inside of the home during the raid, officials said. Investigators confirmed that Jeremy Laye is Officer Rowe’s boyfriend.
In the apartment, police found drugs, high-caliber guns, ammunition, $8,000 in cash, Rowe’s uniform, badge, vest, radio, and ID. They additionally found more drugs and two guns, including an AR-15, in the trunk of the officer’s Nissan.
The drugs in the apartment consisted of marijuana and pills and had a street value of approximately $30,000, according to the College Park Police Department.
Officers began investigating the case weeks ago after getting a tip that drugs were being sold out of the apartment.
Moreover, the Atlanta Police Department issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“Officer Iris Rowe was immediately suspended from duty after we were notified of her arrest in College Park. She will be scheduled to appear before Chief Erika Shields this week, who will determine her permanent employment status as a result of this incident.”
Rowe faces three drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of illegal drugs in a drug-free zone.
Rowe joined the Atlanta Police Department in July 2016. She has been a mobile patrol officer in Zone 3 for nearly a year. The suspects are being held at East Point Jail.