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Former Columbia Police Officers indicted for dealing drugs on the job

Two former Columbia Police Officers have been arrested following grand jury indictments for conspiracy to transfer cocaine and oxycodone, all while on duty.

Former officers Michael Bullock and Herbert Cocroft were arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail Monday as a result of an in depth, multi-agency narcotics investigation. 15th Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell says, "It's been about a year. We were contacted about police officers that we had concern were dealing or transferring drugs. Certainly at that point we knew that it was an agency that we would not want to investigate on a local basis. So, at that point we referred the agency to the Attorney General's Office, the Public Integrity Division." The Public Integrity Division of the Attorney General's Office in concert with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation worked the case, using insight from the district attorney's office. Then, brought it before a grand jury in Marion County.  The resulting indictments include: Herbert Cocroft, age 45 of Sumrall, charged with one count of felony conspiracy to transfer cocaine and/or oxycodone, which carries up to 20 years in prison.  Michael Steven Bullock, age 35 of Hattiesburg, charged with two counts of felony conspiracy to transfer cocaine and/or oxycodone which carries up to 40 years.

Kittrell says, "Next court appearance will be July the 11th before the judge in Marion County for their arraignment date. At that point they will be appointed council if they don't have an attorney. Then they will be set a trial date." According to the indictments, the first instance of transfer of narcotics occurred in November 2012, and each incident while on duty as Columbia Police Officers. Columbia Police Chief Clint Mcmurry says, both officers were placed on administrative leave soon after the accusations, pending the investigation. However, several months ago both Bullock and Cocroft resigned their positions before the Columbia Board of Aldermen. Kittrell says, "We're held to a higher standard. Our job is to enforce the law not break the law and if we can't have confidence in our officers to be doing the things they're supposed to be doing, which is enforcing the law, then we have bedlam and we can't afford that." Michael Bullock has been released on $40,000 bond and Herbert Cocroft has been released on $20,000 bond.

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