Crime

Ex-hoops star arrested in stolen vehicle case

Marcus Bullard
Marcus Bullard

There are more legal woes ahead for a former Mississippi State University basketball star after an arrest early Thursday morning in Biloxi.

Biloxi police Sgt. O'Neal Adams said Marcus Bullard, 41, of Long Beach, was arrested on charge of receiving stolen property after a traffic stop revealed the vehicle he was driving had been reported stolen.

Bullard was a standout basketball player at Long Beach High School, where he graduated in 1994. He started as a point guard for MSU and helped the Bulldogs make the NCAA Final Four in 1996.

Bullard's legal troubles go as far back as 1993 when he was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. In 1994, in exchange for a probation agreement, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of cocaine.

He violated the agreement a few months after the Bulldogs returned from the Final Four trip when he pistol-whipped someone during a fight in Starkville. Bullard, who was not allowed to carry a gun, was sentenced to two years in prison.

The former basketball star has had several drug-related arrests since 1996.

He is being held at the Harrison County jail on a $25,000 bond set by Justice Judge Bruce Strong.

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