*Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time! But then you could argue that this person shouldn’t have been in the “wrong place” … in the first place … because she was a cop! If you haven’t heard, Iris Rowe, a police officer in Atlanta resigned on Wednesday, just days after her arrest during a $30,000 drug raid.
“The Atlanta Police Department contacted Officer Rowe and notified her that she would be dismissed from employment with the Department at an emergency hearing with Chief (Erika) Shields on Thursday,” Atlanta police said in a statement. “Officer Rowe chose instead to tender her resignation.”
In a handwritten resignation letter, Rowe apologized to the department for the “shameful act.”
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Rowe was immediately suspended from duty after Atlanta police were notified of her arrest, officials said. She had only been with the department since 2016 and was assigned to the mobile patrol unit, according to AJC.com.
Rowe was jailed on multiple drug charges in the Monday afternoon raid.
Two others — Jeremy Laye and Tony Robinson — were also arrested and are accused of selling drugs. Laye also faces charges of obstruction of an officer and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer.
College Park, Georgia police raided the apartment after receiving a tip that drugs were being sold, Channel 2 Action News reported. Laye’s children were inside the home during the raid.
Officers found marijuana, pills, guns, ammunition and $8,000 inside the apartment. More drugs and two guns, including an AR-15, were found in the trunk of Rowe’s car, Channel 2 reported.
Jeremy Laye (left), Tony Robinson (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)
Investigators identified Rowe because she had her department-issued gun and identification on her, College Park police Chief Keith Meadows told Channel 2. Atlanta police gear and uniforms were also found inside the apartment.
“This was a shocker to go in and apprehend ‘as a suspect’ another officer,” College Park police Sgt. Marcus Dennard told Channel 2.
Police are not sure of Rowe’s involvement. Authorities questioned her, but “she didn’t make any statements at that time,” Meadows said.
The next court hearing for all three is scheduled for June 27.