- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - An ex-Spalding County firefighter and a battalion chief have been sentenced for warning drug dealers of upcoming police investigations.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 47-year-old Dwayne Tyrone Coggins was sentenced to four years in prison and 37-year-old Michael Owens was sentenced to two years and six months.

Coggins served as a battalion chief and Owens was a firefighter. Officials have said police regularly gathered at the county fire department in Griffin before serving warrants. Authorities learned that Coggins and Owens had been warning local drug dealers ahead of time about upcoming investigations in April and May 2014.

Prosecutors say the two were recorded making phone calls from the fire department to local drug dealers.

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