Man faces drug charges


Checkpoint stop leads to indictment

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]



A Dayhoit man is facing an indictment after allegedly giving police a false name.

William Daniel Cox, 34, was served with an indictment warrant on Thursday by Harlan County Detention Center Officer Justin Earley.

The indictment stems from Cox’s arrest on July 13 by Harlan City Police Officer Branden Watts.

According to the citation, Cox arrived at a safety checkpoint in a white Suzuki and could not produce a driver’s license. Cox told police his name was Kevin Cox. Watts, who knows Kevin Cox personally, found out Daniel Cox is the brother of Kevin Cox. Daniel Cox also attempted to conceal hypodermic syringes in his pocket. One of the syringes was uncapped when Watts performed a pat down of Daniel Cox’s pockets.

The indictment, handed down by the grand jury on Feb. 1, contains six counts. The indictment states Daniel Cox attempted to hide a syringe, engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death or physical injury by allowing Watts to be exposed to an uncapped syringe, was in possession of Xanax and gave a false name to a police officer. The indictment also states Daniel Cox was convicted of a felony in Harlan Circuit Court on Aug. 14, 2009.

William Daniel Cox was indicted for tampering with physical evidence, first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, giving a peace officer a false name or address, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offender. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $5,000 full cash bond.

Watts presented the evidence to the grand jury resulting in the indictment.

In other police activity, Michael A. Johnson, 27, of Bristol, Tennessee, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Lewis on Thursday. Johnson was indicted for third-degree rape and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $3,000 full cash bond.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-90-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

Checkpoint stop leads to indictment

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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