Suspect in Cook scandal seeks release from jail to get treatment

News-DemocratJune 11, 2013 

Sean D. McGilvery, an accused heroin dealer and key figure in a drug scandal that has rocked the St. Clair County court.


Sean McGilvery, who is facing conspiracy to sell heroin charges and is the longtime friend of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Mike Cook, will ask a federal judge to release him from the county jail so he can enter drug treatment.

Rodney Holmes, McGilvery's lawyer, asked U.S. Magistrate Donald Wilkerson to reconsider his May 30 order that McGilvery be held in St. Clair County Jail until his trial.

Holmes contacted a residential drug treatment program that said they would have an available bed, according to a motion filed by Holmes, and McGilvery's family provided the names of other family members who offered to let him stay there if he is released on house arrest.

Holmes declined to comment on Tuesday afternoon.

No court date has yet been set to hear McGilvery's request.

McGilvery, 34, is accused of conspiring with Deborah A. Perkins and Douglas W. Oliver to buy large quantities of heroin in Chicago and resell the drugs in the metro-east.

An affidavit filed in federal court stated that McGilvery pooled his money with co-defendant Deborah A. Perkins, who rode a Greyhound bus to Chicago to purchase the heroin. A confidential source told the agent that McGilvery sold large quantities of heroin, witnessing McGilvery buy 20 to 30 grams of heroin at a time, according to the affidavit.

The trips began in 2008 and continued until January, according to FBI Joe Murphy's affidavit. McGilvery contributed $20,000 toward the purchase of heroin.

On May 22, Cook, who was then a sitting judge presiding over felony cases, including drug court, was arrested outside McGilvery's house in the 300 block of North 38th Street in Belleville.

According to St. Clair County circuit court records, Cook was the presiding judge in a 2011 drug possession case where the charge was dismissed after McGilvery completed a local drug treatment program.

Cook, 43, was charged with misdemeanor possession of heroin and felony possession of a firearm. Cook was released from custody pending trial. He is currently in a Minnesota drug treatment facility.

Fellow Judge Joe Christ died in March of a cocaine overdose while visiting at a hunting cabin in Pike County owned by Cook's father, Belleville attorney Bruce Cook. The elder Cook plans to put the house up for sale, according to the Madison-St. Clair Record.

Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at or 618-239-2570.

Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at or 618-239-2570.

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