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Craig Allen Garner (click for larger version)
Michael Cummings (click for larger version)
March 07, 2014FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — An Alpharetta Police officer with 23 years of service was arrested by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office after investigators say he sold guns to a convicted felon.
Craig A. Garner, 54, a Dawson County resident, was arrested and charged with two counts of selling guns to a felon, according to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Maj. Rick Doyle.
"It's never easy having to arrest a law enforcement officer and as a law enforcement officer you are held to a higher standard," Doyle said. "We take every allegation seriously and it's unfortunate when it gets to a point where evidence shows that and an arrest is warranted."
The investigation was launched March 3 when the sheriff's office got a complaint that a known felon was in possession of a firearm.
Sheriff's office investigators learned that Michael D. Cummings, 44, of Cumming, who is a convicted felon, was in possession of a semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun. Cummings had charges dating back to 1996 out of Union County for burglary, false imprisonment and aggravated assault.
"Through our investigation, we learned that he acquired the weapons from an Alpharetta Police officer," Doyle said.
There were gun deals on two separate occasions, Doyle said.
Cummings was arrested on March 6 and Garner turned himself in March 7.
Cummings was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of criminal solicitation.
Bond was set at $22,220 for Garner. Cummings wasn't allowed bond because he was on active probation in Gwinnett and Union counties, Doyle said.
The two men were friends and belonged to the Blue Bloods, a motorcycle club, which was founded by Garner. The club is made up primarily of police officers from around the county and is dedicated to helping injured officers and supporting the U.S. Constitutional right to bear arms.
Alpharetta Deputy City Administrator James Drinkard said Garner was brought in to the Alpharetta Public Safety director's office where the Forsyth County Sheriff notified him of the situation.
"We secured [Garner's] badge and gear and as of [March 6] he is no longer employed by Alpharetta," Drinkard said.
Drinkard said the city had no evidence any illegal activities occurred while Garner was on duty. However Alpharetta would fully cooperate with Forsyth's investigation.
Garner had some history of disciplinary actions, Drinkard said.
"But nothing like this," Drinkard said.
According to Garner's personnel file, March 6 was his first day back on the job after he was suspended for several days.
Recently Garner was demoted from lieutenant to the rank of officer for unspecified reasons.