Probation worker pleads guilty in St. Clair County heroin scandal

Probation worker pleads guilty in St. Clair County heroin scandal

Probation worker pleads guilty in St. Clair County heroin scandal

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 7:30 AM

(KMOV) -- A St. Clair County probation officer caught up in a drug investigation involving one judge who died of a cocaine overdose and another who’s accused of possessing heroin pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges.

Forty-five-year-old James Fogarty initially pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and unlawful user in possession of a firearm.

 Prosecutors say he bought cocaine and resold it to former judges Michael Cook and Joe Christ. Fogarty later admitted to the crime, telling investigators he also snorted cocaine with the two judges.

Christ died in March of what a coroner says was a cocaine overdose at a western Illinois hunting cabin he was occupying at the time with Cook.

Cook is also expected to plead guilty to heroin and weapons charges Friday during a hearing in U.S. District Court. He was charged in May with possessing heroin and having a gun while illegally using controlled substances after being arrested in Belleville at the home of Sean McGilvery, who later pleaded guilty to dealing heroin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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