More Arrests Could Be Made After Ill. Judge Dies Of Drug Overdose

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI)-- The drug scandal centered at the St. Clair County Courthouse in Belleville is likely to grow.  On Tuesday the U.S. Attorney for the District of Southern Illinois Stephen Wigginton called his investigation "dynamic"  and wide spread.

Wigginton said there are a number of interviews still underway and multiple law enforcement agencies are involved.

The third person arrested in the growing scandal appeared in federal court in East St. Louis Tuesday.  45-year old James K. Fogarty of Belleville waived his right to a preliminary hearing during his first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Donald Wilkerson.

Fogarty was charged in a federal criminal complaint with distribution and intent to distribute cocaine.  His case will go to a grand jury within thirty days so he was not required to enter a plea on the accusations.

Fogarty is a probation worker from the St. Clair County Office.  He is alleged to have sold the cocaine two judges used in March during a weekend party at the Cook family hunting lodge in Pike County.  Judge Joe Christ was found dead of cocaine intoxication in the lodge bathroom by fellow attorney Judge Michael Cook that weekend.  Cook was arrested last week on two federal charges, possession of heroin and unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.

Sean McGilvery of Belleville was arrested  at the same time for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin.  He will appear in federal court on Thursday.

Fogarty will return to federal court Tuesday for a bond hearing.  The U.S. Attorney has already filed a motion asking that bond be denied.

 

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