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Probation worker set for hearing in St. Clair County judge drug case

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By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- 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 is about to learn whether he’ll be eligible for bond.

Forty-five-year-old James Fogarty of Belleville is scheduled to have a bail hearing in East St. Louis federal court on Tuesday.

The St. Clair County worker has pleaded not guilty to charges that he bought cocaine and resold it to former judges Michael Cook and Joe Christ.

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 resigned last week after being accused of federal heroin and gun charges.

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