Dealer pleads guilty in St. Clair County judge drug scandal

Dealer pleads guilty in St. Clair County judge drug scandal

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 5:42 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 10:53 AM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Federal prosecutors say a southwestern Illinois man who admitted to trafficking heroin supplied the narcotic almost daily to a former judge now facing drug and weapons charges.

Thirty-four-year-old Sean McGilvery of Belleville pleaded guilty to heroin conspiracy and possession Thursday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.

Prosecutors say Michael Cook was a St. Clair County circuit judge when he got heroin from McGilvery “on an almost daily basis.”

Cook is the central figure in a St. Clair County courthouse drug scandal. Authorities say he was with prosecutor-turned-judge Joe Christ at the Cook family’s hunting cabin in March when Christ died of a cocaine overdose. 

Federal prosecutors later charged Cook with unrelated heroin and gun charges. He has resigned from the bench, pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.

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