Former Knox Co. magistrate arrested on federal drug charges

Jerry "Rabbit" Cox, former Knox County magistrate accused of selling drugs during his reelection campaign

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police have announced the arrest of a former Knox County magistrate.

Police say Jerry “Rabbit” Cox was arrested on a federal indictment warrant for distribution of a controlled substance – hydrocodone.

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According to investigators, the alleged transaction took place while Cox was a sitting magistrate.

Cox turned himself into the Drug Enforcement Agency around 11 a.m. Thursday.

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