Knox County drug dealer convicted in overdose death

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Dollie Renee Cox, 33, was convicted of Facilitation of Second Degree Murder on Friday, resulting in a 20 year prison sentence.

Cox was convicted in the death of a 49-year-old who died in May 2015 of a heroin overdose. An investigation into the death revealed that Cox had sold the heroin to the victim, as well as prepared the syringe that the drug was injected with. The Knox County Medical Examiner found that the victim died as a result of the heroin intoxication.

While the initial investigation into the death was underway, a KPD investigator was contacted by a confidential informant who told police that Cox was still selling heroin in Knoxville. The informant helped officers conduct an undercover heroin purchase from Cox near Bearden High School, where the informant purchased nearly a half a gram of heroin.

Investigators then obtained a warrant that allowed them to search a hotel room Cox was using. They uncovered her supply of heroin, methamphetamine, pills, digital scales and syringes.

"My office will continue to do everything we can to stop the rise of the opiate epidemic in our community," District Attorney Charme Allen said. "So far this year, we have received 149 cases of suspected drug overdoses. Unless we obtain treatment for the addicts and hold the dealers accountable, that number will continue to rise."