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Author Cox (pictured center) was cuffed by the cops Tuesday after they identified him as one of the “primary dealers” in a narcotics and prescription drug ring in Seminole County, Fla., The Smoking Gun reports.

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(His alleged co-conspirators surround him in the photo to the right)

The 81-year-old was the ring leader of a group that resold pills provided by co-conspirators who were prescribed the drugs, according to police. They allege that Cox sold $1000 worth of Dilaudid during a six-month investigation that included undercover cops.

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His 26-year-old grandson, Erick Blakey, was also arrested in the sting.

“Listen, son, all this is a big bunch of crap,” Cox said in a TSG interview. He acknowledged having obtained Dilaudid for his grandson, but does not recall reselling the painkiller to anyone else.

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“I’m 81-years-old. I’ve never been in trouble before in my life.”

That’s not true. He was arrested in 1983 in Orlando for lewd and lascivious behavior.

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When The Smoking Gun asked Cox about the arrest, he said an undercover officer accused him of “shaking my d*ck at him.” He copped to a lesser offense and ended up serving six months probation.

Cox was released after his daughter posted $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear at Circuit Court for arraignment on June 11.

“I’m very sorry for whatever I’ve done,” he said of his drug arrest.

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