Former Knox County Magistrate Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

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On Thursday July 11, 2019 former Knox County Magistrate, Jerry “Rabbit” Cox, was arrested on a federal indictment warrant for six counts of Distribution of Controlled Substances – Hydrocodone. 

Mr. Cox turned himself over to the custody of the DEA at 11:00 this morning in the London Kentucky area. He is being held as a federal prisoner in the Laurel County Corrections Center and no bond is showing as of 12:25pm Thursday July 11th.

The alleged drug transactions occurred while Mr. Cox was a sitting Magistrate in Knox County.  These charges are the result of a joint investigation between Appalachia Narcotics Investigations and the DEA.

Appalachia Narcotics Investigations is a multi-agency narcotics investigative unit consisting of Detectives from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Pineville Police Department and the Kentucky State Police.

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