South Ga. cop faces gun charges

BLACKSHEAR, Ga. -- A south Georgia police officer has been suspended without pay after his indictment on federal firearm charges along with two pawn shop owners and two store employees following an undercover investigation.


The 10-count indictment charges Blackshear officer Jason R. Yarbrough, 33, with conspiracy, selling firearms to a prohibited person and making a false statement about the sale of a firearm.


The indictment is the result of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation into Gator Pawn, 600 State St. in Waycross and Chancey Gun & Pawn, 3333 U.S. 84 West in Blackshear.


Yarbrough worked part-time at Chancey Gun & Pawn handling firearms sales and federally mandated paperwork, the indictment states.


He is suspended pending completion of an internal affairs investigation into the charges leveled against him in the Nov. 4 indictment, police department spokesman Lt. Chris Wright said Wednesday.


Yarbrough could not be reached for comment. He and his four co-defendants will go before U.S. Magistrate James Graham on Nov. 30 for initial proceedings in the case.

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