Why this pretty but dirty Atlanta cop is in jail and out of a job

Iris Rowe, now a former member of APD , after being busted in drug raid (Image Source: East Point Police and City of Atlanta Police)

When police in College Park, Georgia, recently raided a residence they were looking for suspects and drugs. What they did not expect was to also arrest a cop with the Atlanta Police Department after finding her in a room filled with guns,  marijuana, prescription pills, $8K in cash and scared kids.

Iris Rowe had been with the APD since 2016 and was a mobile patrol officer in Zone 3 for nearly a year. She was at the apartment with her boyfriend Jeremy Laye, who was wanted on drug charges, and his two children, ages 4 and 5. Also present was another suspect identified as Tony Robinson. Recovered at the scene were over six pounds of marijuana worth an estimated  $30K, more drugs, two guns, including an AR-15 in the trunk of Rowe’s car. Also in her car was her APD uniform, badge, vest, radio and official ID.

Rowe was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of illegal drugs in a drug-free zone. Laye and Robinson were arrested on drug charges. Laye was also charged with obstruction of an officer and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer, according to WSBTV in Atlanta.

When APD officials were informed of Rowe’s arrest, she was immediately suspended. Last week, an emergency meeting was held with APD Police Chief Erika Shields. The department informed Rowe that she would be terminated because of her arrest. Rowe instead chose to resign and sent in a handwritten note that expressed her regret to the department for her complicity in the drug trade. The next court hearing for all three is scheduled for June 27.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.