Former Knox County magistrate in custody for federal drug charges after turning himself in Thursday

KNOX COUNTY – The former Knox County magistrate who was indicted late last month on federal drug charges for allegedly distributing hydrocodone while running for reelection has turned himself in to police.

Jerry “Rabbit” Cox, former District 3 magistrate in Knox County, turned himself over to the custody of DEA officials at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, according to a press release from Kentucky State Police Post 10.

Cox was named in a six-count indicted filed June 27 in U.S. District Court in London, with all six counts charging Cox with distribution of controlled substances – hydrocodone.

According to the indictment, Cox “intentionally distributed[d] a quantity of pills containing hydrocodone” on at least six different occasions between March 28, 2018, and April 26, 2018. At that time, Cox was running for reelection, though his bid to defend his seat ultimately ended in defeat to Tony Golden in the May 2018 primary election.

The charges were brought forth as a result of a joint investigation between the DEA and Appalachia Narcotics Investigation, consisting of detectives from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Department, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Pineville Police Department and KSP.

Cox is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court for arraignment at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Cox has been indicted on federal charges once before in October 2016. In that case, Cox was accused of intentionally misappropriating government property for directing road department workers to deliver county-purchased gravel as well as other county resources to private residences and roadways sometime between June 2013 and June 2014. Cox was acquitted of the charges following a jury trial in May 2017.

Corbin attorney, David Hoskins, represented Cox in that case. Court records show that Hoskins has again been hired to represent Cox on the new charges.

Cox is currently being held in the Laurel County Correctional Facility.

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