Tippah County drug “kingpin” gets life



Tippah County drug “kingpin” gets life

OXFORD – A drug kingpin blamed for importing cocaine into Tippah and surrounding counties will spend the rest of his life in prison.

The life sentence without possibility of parole against Stanley Knox, 30, Blue Mountain, was handed down Friday in U.S. Federal Court in Oxford.

Knox was convicted of a variety of narcotics trafficking charges, including operating a continuing criminal narcotics enterprise, known as the “kingpin statute.”

A three-year investigation by local, state and federal agents led to Knox’s arrest. He was accused and convicted of moving drugs from Memphis to distribution sites in Tippah, Union and Pontotoc counties.

At the time of Knox’s arrest, 13 other people were also charged. Dwight Dixon, a codefendant in the case, was sentenced earlier to 20 years without parole. The others were given sentences ranging up to no more than six years for cooperating with authorities.

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