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Former Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics director finds new administrative position

Steven Maxwell
Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety

Col. Steven Maxwell has found a new position after stepping down as the head of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced that Maxwell has accepted a role as an administrative officer where he will oversee drug demand reduction and develop identification and training on substance abuse by mental health patients.

Maxwell will also lead a study with other states on how to reduce the incarceration population of drug offenders.

Maxwell was appointed director of MBN in 2020 and has since worked to combat fentanyl trafficking and overdoses in the Magnolia State. The former director was also present during Mississippi State University’s announcement on Monday that the college is partnering with the State Attorney General’s Office in promoting the One Pill Can Kill campaign on campus.

In the interim, Major Phillip Pope will take over daily operations at the MBN until a replacement is appointed to the position.

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