Former Knox magistrate indicted on drug charges 

Jerry "Rabbit" Cox, former District 3 magistrate in Knox County, was named in a six-count indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in London. All six counts charge Cox with distribution of controlled substances - hydrocodone. | File Photo

LONDON – A former Knox County magistrate has been indicted on federal drug charges for allegedly distributing hydrocodone early last year, during a period of time when he still held office.

Jerry “Rabbit” Cox, former District 3 magistrate in Knox County, was named in a six-count indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in London. All six counts charge 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 in Knox County. 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.

Along with the indictment, a warrant for Cox’s arrest was also filed. However, there are no local jail records of his arrest.

Court records do not indicate that Cox currently has an attorney or that there is any scheduled date for arraignment as of Tuesday evening.

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 by a jury in May 2017.

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