Over a year after his arrest following a six-month long marijuana trafficking investigation, a former Rome police officer pled guilty to three felony charges in Floyd County Superior Court on Wednesday morning.
Earnie Edward Cox, 40, will be sentenced next week, after entering an open plea before Judge Billy Sparks on charges of bribery, trafficking in marijuana and violation of oath of office. A sentence could carry as much as 55 years in prison, Sparks told Cox.
In March of last year, Cox was the last of three people arrested in a marijuana trafficking investigation, which was conducted by the GBI, Georgia State Patrol, Rome Police Department and Floyd County District Attorney’s Office.
On March 8, 2017, the day law enforcement executed search warrants at three area residences, Cox assisted Tyson Brown, 37, of a Jim Lee Drive address, in a marijuana trafficking organization by providing “law enforcement sensitive information,” to Brown, arrest warrants stated.
Tyson Brown and Maverick Brown, 58, of 102 King Bee Circle, were arrested on marijuana trafficking