Former Knox County magistrate arrested on federal drug charges

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CORBIN, Ky. (KT) - Former Knox County magistrate Jerry “Rabbit” Cox was arrested on a federal indictment warrant for six counts of Distribution of Controlled Substances – Hydrocodone. Cox turned himself over to the custody of the DEA Thursday morning.


The alleged drug transactions occurred while Cox was a sitting magistrate in Knox County. These charges are the result of a joint investigation between Appalachia Narcotics Investigations and the DEA, according to the Corbin/Whitley News Journal.


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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