A Gadsden man faces drug charges, despite his attempt to swallow suspected heroin when agents confronted him, according to Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit Deputy Commander Phil Sims.
Anthony Cornelius Foster, 37, is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance (heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax), first-degree possession of marijuana, illegally possessing a pistol, resisting arrest and third-degree escape. He is being held on $60,000 cash bond.
Agents received information that Foster allegedly was selling heroin at a local motel. They verified warrants for his arrest with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and started watching the motel. On July 11, they saw him leave the motel and get in a vehicle with another man. As agents approached, Foster locked the door and swallowed an undetermined amount of suspected heroin. Agents were able to get the door open and take him into custody.
When Foster was searched, agents found a Ruger 9 mm handgun in his waistband, and a bag containing heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and pills. A search of the room resulted in the seizure of digital scales with residue on them.
Amber Machen, 24, of Gadsden, was present and had been staying in the room with Foster, Sims said. She was taken into custody for possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $1,000 property bond for the misdemeanor. She charged with probation violation for a prior drug charge, and is being held without bond on that charge.
Gadsden Fire and Rescue responded to the scene to check Foster because he’d allegedly swallowed heroin. He was transported to a hospital by ambulance to be evaluated for exposure to the…
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