Drugs, guns seized in two Foley drug raids

Baldwin County

FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) A four-month-long investigation culminated with a raid by local and federal authorities this morning at two homes in Foley. One is on Respite Lane the other on Amazon Drive.

Four people were arrested during the raid. Authorities say they were looking for drugs, including heroin, and weapons and they have found both at the Amazon Drive home.

Joseph Stayer, 33, was arrested for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Marijuana 1st and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after Black Tar Heroin, Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia were discovered in the Respite Lane residence.

Justin Goldman, 38, was arrested for Felony Possession of Marijuana 1st  and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after Officers located a Marijuana grow operation in his bedroom at the Amazon Drive residence.

John Stewart, 63, was arrested for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol (Felony), and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after ICE Methamphetamine, two firearms and drug paraphernalia were discovered in his room at the Amazon Drive residence.

Gwendolyn Rowell, 40, was arrested for two counts of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol (Felony), and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after ICE Methamphetamine, Suboxone, two firearms and drug paraphernalia were discovered in her room at the Amazon Drive residence. 

A neighbor who did not want to be identified described what he saw as the raid on the home began. “I seen the big white ambulance looking vehicle with the blue lights and it didn’t even register with me what was going on the long van loaded with swat guys and then all these other guys and I was like Oh it’s going down.”

Assistant Police Chief Thurston Bullock says the raids on both houses started early Friday morning. “As of daybreak this morning we’ve done two search warrants both in Foley. One is on Respite Lane and then this one is done on Amazon. Both are connected one is the landlord of the other house. Both are believed to be involved in heroin, methamphetamine and guns.”

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force, South Baldwin SWAT team and Foley Police conducted the raids.

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