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Former Knox Co. magistrate arrested on federal drug charges

Posted: 12:11 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 12:19:47-04
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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - — A former Knox County magistrate has been arrested on federal drug charges, Kentucky state police confirm.

Jerry "Rabbit" Cox was arrested on a federal indictment warrant for six counts of Distribution of Controlled Substances – Hydrocodone. Cox turned himself in to DEA custody at 11 a.m. The alleged transactions occurred while Cox was a sitting magistrate.

Cox ran an unsuccessful re-election bid that spring but lost in the May primary election. He had also been previously acquitted of misappropriating county funds.

The charges are the result of a joint investigation between Appalachia Narcotics Investigations and the DEA.