The following is a press release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office:
Two former Columbia police officers have been arrested for conspiracy to transfer controlled substances, Attorney General Jim Hood announced today.
"Drug dealing is a scourge to our communities and families," Hood said. "It is especially disturbing when law enforcement officers are charged with violating the very laws they are sworn to uphold."
Michael Steven Bullock, 35, of Hattiesburg and Herbert Cocroft, 45, of Sumrall were arrested Monday, June 24, at their respective homes after indictment by the Marion County Grand Jury. Bullock was indicted on two counts of conspiracy to transfer controlled substances, and Cocroft was indicted on one count.
The charges stem from actions that took place while Bullock and Cocroft were on duty as Columbia police officers.
The matter was investigated as a joint operation by Attorney General investigators with the Public Integrity Division and agents of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.
The cases will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander, director of the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division, and the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
As with all criminal cases, charged individuals are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.