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Arrested Spalding County firefighters accused of tipping off drug dealers before raids

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Two Spalding County firefighters have been arrested and are accused of tipping off drug dealers before police raids, according to authorities. The investigation resulted in the arrests of sixty additional people.

Michael Owens and Dwayne "Tyrone" Coggins, a battalion chief, were arrested Monday morning on federal charges.

According to a press release issued by the Spalding County Fire Department:

"On June 16, 2014 two employees of the Spalding County Fire Department were arrested by the FBI. Battalion Chief Tyrone Coggins and Firefighter Michael Owens are being placed on Investigatory Suspension with pay pending additional information pursuant to the Spalding County Personnel Policy."

According to U.S. Attorney Sally Yates, police would meet at the Spalding County Fire Department prior to serving warrants. As a result, Yates said in a release that in April and May 2014, both Coggins and Owens would tell drug dealers about police activity in the area before it occurred.

According to the press release, Coggins has been with the Spalding County Fire Department since 1990, while serving as Battalion Chief recently.

Police also arrested sixty additional people in connection with the investigation, which focused on the illegal use and sales of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

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