A deputy with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has been terminated a day after Sheriff Sam Cochran confirmed he was found to be purchasing and in possession of illegal drugs.
While the department had acknowledged an investigation into the matter earlier this week, the name of the deputy, Chris Parsons, wasn’t released until he had officially been terminated from the department following an internal hearing on Wednesday.
According to MCSO, Parsons had been employed with the department since 2011, working for two years as a corrections officer in the Mobile County Metro Jail before becoming a deputy in 2014.
So far, details about what Parsons was allegedly found in possession of are few, with an MCSO press release describing it only as a “controlled substance.” However, Cochran did say Parsons’s alleged activity was discovered by colleagues within the MCSO.
“The alleged misconduct was fully investigated by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office,” Cochran said on Tuesday. “I would like to commend our Detectives on the professional manner in which they handled this investigation.”
Though MCSO has handled an internal investigation, Cochran had said a separate, criminal investigation is still ongoing. The results of that investigation would be turned over to the Mobile County District Attorney.
As of Wednesday at 1 p.m., Parsons had yet to be charged with a crime.