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Former Georgia Police officer plead guilty to marijuana trafficking

April 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Former Georgia Police officer plead guilty to marijuana trafficking

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A former Georgia police officer pleaded guilty to felony charges more than a year after his arrest for his role in a marijuana trafficking ring.

Former Rome Police officer Earnie Edward Cox pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to three felony charges including marijuana trafficking, bribery, and violation of oath of office in Floyd County Superior Court.

The 40-year-old faces up to 55 years in prison when he is sentenced next week, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

An investigation conducted by the Floyd County District Attorney’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Georgia State Patrol (GBI), and Rome Police Department into a marijuana trafficking ring resulted in the arrest of Cox and two other co-conspirators last March.

Investigators said Cox provided sensitive information to 37-year-old Tyson Brown, who headed a local drug trafficking organization.

Brown and a fellow co-defendant identified as 58-year-old Maverick Brown were bost arrested following raids on their residences in March 2017.

Rome Police Chief Denise Downer-McKinney alerted GBI of possible corruption allegation involving Cox who had been a 15-year veteran of the force before he was terminated.

“As a family, we are devastated but we still look to ourselves and make sure we are doing the right thing, this will not be tolerated,” Assistant Police Chief Debbie Burnett said at the time of Cox’s arrest.

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