The son of Del. Kirk Cox, the leader of the Republican majority in the Virginia House of Delegates, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after being pulled over by police in Colonial Heights on Monday.
According to court records, Carter Adkins Cox was pulled over for having expired license plates. The Colonial Heights Commonwealth's Attorney's office said that marijuana was discovered in his car. He was charged with a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.
Carter Cox does not appear to have a prior record of any kind. He is the second of four sons for Del. Cox and his wife Julie. He is a student at Colonial Heights High School.
Colonial Heights Commonwealth's Attorney William Bray tells NBC12 that his office has already put in a request for a special prosecutor to handle the case to avoid any appearance of impropriety.
Carter Cox is scheduled to appear in Colonial Heights General District Court for an adjudicatory hearing on February 20th.
Del. Cox did not comment on the matter. A spokesperson for the Virginia GOP House Caucus released the following statement:
"This is a personal issue that Delegate Cox and his family will work through together. Delegate Cox is a father that loves his family very much and he asks that their privacy be respected during this time."