Update: Former Knox County magistrate surrenders to DEA

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated, July 11
Kentucky State Police said a former Knox County magistrate is now in custody.

Jerry "Rabbit" Cox turned himself over to the custody of the DEA at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Cox faces federal drug charges for six counts of distribution of hydrocodone, which allegedly happened while he was a sitting magistrate.

Original Story, July 1
A former Knox County magistrate was indicted on federal drug charges Monday.

Our news partners at the Lexington Herald-Leader reports former magistrate Jerry "Rabbit" Cox now faces six charges of illegally distributing pain pills.

Cox was a candidate for the Republican nominations for magistrate in one of the county's districts in the May 2018 primary.

He won the nomination but was defeated in November.

He could face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.

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