Two Gadsden residents remain behind bars, after being charged with drug-related offenses, according to Deputy Commander Phil Sims.
Anthony Cornelius Foster, 37, stands charged with three counts of Possession of Controlled Substance (heroin, methamphetamine, xanax), Resisting Arrest, Escape 3rd Degree, Certain Persons Forbidden to Posses a Pistol and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree.
Amber Machen, age 24, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and a Probation Violation.
According to information in a news release from Commander Sims back on July 11th agents were told that Foster was staying at a motel selling heroin in Gadsden. After verifying drug warrants for his arrest with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office – agents started surveillance on the motel.
Foster was witnessed leaving the motel and getting into a vehicle with another person; and, when he was confronted, he locked the door – then, swallowed an undetermined amount of suspected heroin. Law enforcement was able to open the door and place him under arrest.
A search of his person turned up a Ruger 9mm handgun that had been concealed in Foster’s waistband along with a bag containing heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and pills, with a subsequent search of his room resulting in the seizure of digital scales with residue.
Amber Machen was present and had been staying in the same room.
Gadsden Fire & Rescue responded to the scene to check Foster, due to his swallowing what appeared to be heroin – and was transported by ambulance to be evaluated for exposure to the drug. While at the hospital he made an unsuccessful attempt to escape.
Foster has convictions for Assault 2nd Degree and drug possession; and is currently out on bond for trafficking and distribution charges of heroin in Etowah County.
The case is still actively under investigation and additional state or federal charges could be filed related to possession of the handgun.