Key figure in courthouse drug scandal sentenced to 8 months

News-DemocratJanuary 31, 2014 

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A man who sold cocaine to former St. Clair County Probation Officer James Fogarty was sentenced to eight months in prison on Friday.

Augustus "Gus" Stacker Jr., 60, who has addresses in Caseyville and Belleville, admitted in October that he sold drugs to Fogarty.

Stacker usually delivered "eight-ball quantities" to Fogarty, according to court documents.

Fogarty told federal agents that he sold an eight-ball or an eighth of an ounce of cocaine to former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook and Associate Judge Joe Christ, a longtime county prosecutor, for $280 in the days before Christ's death. Christ, 49, died on March 10 at the Cook family's hunting cabin in Pike County. A contributing factor in his death was cocaine use.

At the direction of federal agents, Fogarty wore a wire when he arranged for Stacker to deliver cocaine to him. Fogarty paid Stacker for the cocaine on May 23, the day after Cook was arrested by federal agents for possession of heroin and weapons charges.

U.S. District Judge David Herndon sentenced Stacker to eight months in prison and a $100 fine. Herndon allowed Stacker to remain free until his surrender to the Bureau of Prisons.

Stacker listed his employer as Laborer's Local 100 in federal court documents.

In addition to the federal drug charges, Stacker also faces vote fraud charges in St. Clair County. Cahokia police charged Stacker with marking or tampering with an absentee ballot. Those charges are pending.

Stacker is the son of Augustus Stacker, the former head of the East St. Louis Central Democratic Committee, former St. Clair County State's Attorney investigator and former Metro-East Sanitary District police officer.

Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at bhundsdorfer@bnd.com or 618-239-2570.

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