Dawson County investigators arrested a corrections officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice on Friday, after the man allegedly purchased two handguns for a man he knew to be a convicted felon.
According to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson, Larry Dewayne Callahan, 32, of Dawsonville has been charged with two felony counts for conspiracy to commit a crime and being party to a crime, for purchasing firearms from a local gun store for Blake Wayne Sneed, 41, a Dawsonville man that had previously been convicted of burglary in 2004.
Information provided to the Dawson County News by Johnson alleges that Callahan knew Sneed was prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and that the two men conspired together to make the illegal purchase.
A tip received by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Unit led investigators to the two men, Johnson said. After an investigation into the incident, Callahan, an employee of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice was taken into custody on Friday, July 10. Sneed was also taken into custody at a different location and charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both men were later released on Sunday, July 12 after securing bonds of $5,200.
Attempts to reach Callahan and Sneed for comment were unsuccessful as of Tuesday afternoon.
This story will be updated.