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SW Va police officer, 1 other face gun charges

Friday - 7/26/2013, 3:10pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A Rocky Mount police officer and another man are facing charges related to straw purchases of firearms.

The office of U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy says a federal grand jury in Roanoke has indicted 25-year-old police officer James Marion Slate and 57-year-old David Carson Haskins.

Both are charged with one count of conspiracy to make straw purchases of firearms. Haskins also is charged with 18 counts of making false statements to a licensed gun dealer.

The prosecutor's office says both men have been released on bond. It's unclear whether they have retained attorneys.

Rocky Mount Police Chief David Cundiff did not immediately return a voicemail message left by The Associated Press.

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