Pair's drug-dealing convictions vacated

Bernard Cooks, 31, of Southampton, and Mohammed Proctor,

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Bernard Cooks, 31, of Southampton, and Mohammed Proctor, 36, of Riverhead, had been serving prison sentences for felony possession of a controlled substance. (May 25, 2012) (Credit: Handout)

In a highly unusual move, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota has agreed to vacate two men's convictions for drug dealing and let them out of prison because of questions about the credibility of the arresting officer.

His office is also reviewing 100 more arrests by the officer who was in the now-disbanded Southampton Town Police street crimes unit, Spota said in a statement Friday.


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