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Monday August 31st, 2015 11:59PM

Former police officer charged in illegal gun sale

By Alyson Shields Reporter
CUMMING - A former police officer turned himself in Friday to Forsyth County authorities after he was involved with the sale of firearms to a convicted felon.

The former Alpharetta Police Officer, 54-year-old Craig Allen Garner of Dawson County, was charged with two counts of party to a crime. Also arrested was Michael Cummings, 44, of Cumming. He charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of criminal solicitation.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff's Major Rick Doyle, the office received a tip that Cummings was in possession of firearms that he allegedly purchased from Garner.

"We received a complaint on March 3, from somebody... who informed us Mr. Cummings, who is a convicted felon, was in possession of firearms that he allegedly had purchased from Mr. Garner," said Doyle. "So we began an investigation on Monday and were quickly able to determine and get evidence indicating that Mr. Garner knowingly purchased and provided these firearms - one being a semi-automatic rifle and the other being a 12-gauge shotgun - to Mr. Cummings with knowledge that he is a convicted felon."

Garner was released from the Forsyth County Detention Center on a bond of $22,220. Cummings, however, remains in the detention center, ineligible for bond release due to his probation requirements.
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