COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – Investigators of the College Park Police Department 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. Moreover, they believe she was complicit in the operation and was taken into custody.
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.
Detectives were looking for suspects Jeremy Laye and Tony Robinson. When they made entry into the home, they found Laye and Robinson and also found Officer Iris Rowe, reported Channel 2 Action News.
Officials arrested all three individuals and attempted to question Rowe about whether she had any involvement in the drug activity. However, she chose to exercise her Fifth Amendment right and remain silent.
Laye’s two children, believed to be 4 and 5 years old, were also inside of the home during the raid, officials confirmed. According to police, 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 News.
According to College Park Police Department, the drugs had a street value of approximately $30,000.
Furthermore, accompanying the drugs were guns. Police found high-caliber weapons, ammunition, nearly $8,000 in cash, Rowe’s uniform, badge, vest, radio, and ID. However, perhaps the most condemning evidence of Rowe’s complicity was in her car. They found more drugs and two guns, including an AR-15, in the trunk of her Nissan.
“This was a shocker to go in and apprehend ‘as a suspect’ another officer,” Sgt. Marcus Dennard, with College Park Police Department, said.
Dennard said Rowe declined to speak and 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 was booked on 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.
Consequently, she was placed on leave from the Atlanta Police Department pending the investigation.
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Channel 2 News spoke with the boyfriend’s mother. She was apparently stunned at the revelation. She knows her son has been in and out of jail, but thought he turned his life around when he began dating a police officer.
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.