- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

RIPLEY, Miss. (AP) - A former Ripley police officer accused of burglary and tampering with evidence has been released from jail.

Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news release Tuesday, said a Tippah County grand jury indicted 40-year-old Wesley Brent Garner, of Ripley, on Monday. The indictment alleges Garner intentionally broke into the offices of the Ripley police chief and the narcotics office in June to conceal or remove physical evidence - an envelope containing what he believed to be methamphetamine.

Circuit Court Judge Kelly Luther set bond at $30,000. Garner had posted bond as of Tuesday.

If convicted, he faces up to nine years in prison and a $3,000 fine.

Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis tells WTVA-TV (https://bit.ly/2eszWfW ) that Garner was terminated from the police department months ago.

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