Cochran officer resigns, gives himself up to GBI

A Cochran police officer who resigned this week was arrested on criminal charges Wednesday.

Hours after Elijah Mullis submitted his written resignation, he turned himself over to GBI agents at the police station, according to a news release from Greg Harvey, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Eastman office.

Mullis’ arrest on charges of conspiracy to sell a controlled substance and violation of his oath of office is part of the ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct in the Cochran Police Department, Harvey said.

Last week, the GBI secured a search warrant and seized personnel records from Cochran City Hall as part of an investigation that stems from the arrest of two former Cochran police officers who were working for the Pineview Police Department, Harvey said.

The officers were charged with enticing a child and interfering with custody. One of the officers, Brent Powell, was convicted of violation of oath of office and sentenced to five years probation. The second officer’s case is still being adjudicated. Cochran Police Chief Jon Thrower said Mullis met with him Tuesday, indicating he wanted to resign. Thrower didn’t receive the official resignation until the next day.

Thrower said he had no knowledge of the pending charges against Mullis when he approached the chief about his resignation. Mullis surrendered in the parking lot of the police station after getting a call advising him of arrest warrants on the charges, the release stated. Mullis was a seven-year veteran of the Cochran Police Department, and Thrower said he worked as an officer in the Atlanta area also.

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