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ST. GEORGE -- A federal judge dismissed charges against a St. George man accused of buying drugs and carrying a gun because city officials refused to turn over documents related to the case.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports U.S. District Judge Dee Benson threw out the charges against Donald Gregory Edwards on Thursday.

Edwards has been behind bars for more than a year awaiting trial on the charges, which included one count each of possession of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Federal Magistrate Paul Warner, who handled pretrial matters in the case, recommended the dismissal. In May he said St. George city was under subpoena to turn over documents but "blew it off."

According to the Tribune, St. George City Attorney Shawn Guzman said he is reviewing the order and had no immediate comment.

Edwards has now been released.

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