• Atlanta police officer arrested in raid where $30K in drugs were seized

    By: Tyisha Fernandes , Nefertiti Jaquez

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    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Investigators said that, while they raided a home at which people were suspected of selling drugs, they found an Atlanta police officer who was not assigned to the investigation.

    On Monday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., the College Park Special Operations team raided a unit in the Alexandria Landing apartment complex on Godby Road.

    Investigators were looking for suspects Jeremy Laye and Tony Robinson. When they kicked down the door, they found Laye and Robinson and also found Officer Iris 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.

    Laye's two children, believed to be 4 and 5 years old, were also inside the home during the raid, officials confirmed. Investigators said Jeremy Laye is Rowe's boyfriend.

    “Investigating officers were able to find a large amount of marijuana and an assortment of pills inside of the apartment,” authorities told Channel 2 Action News.


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    The drugs had a street value of approximately $30,000, according to the College Park Police Department.

    Police also found high-caliber weapons, ammunition, nearly $8,000 in cash and Rowe's uniform, badge, vest, radio and ID. In the trunk of Rowe's Nissan, they found more drugs and two guns, including an AR-15.

    "This was a shocker to go in and apprehend 'as a suspect' another officer," Sgt. Marcus Dennard, with the College Park Police Department, said. 

    Dennard said Rowe did not show any remorse. 

    According to the police report, officers started investigating the case weeks ago after getting a tip that drugs were being sold out of the apartment.

    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.

    The Atlanta Police Department said they contacted Rowe and notified her that she would be "dismissed from employment" Thursday. However, Rowe chose to instead resign from the police department Wednesday.

    [READ MORE: Atlanta officer arrested in drug raid resigns, apologizes in handwritten note]

    Rowe joined the Atlanta Police Department in July 2016 and was a mobile patrol officer in Zone 3 for nearly a year.

    The suspects are being held at East Point Jail.

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