Convicted drug dealer guilty of furnishing alcohol to minors

Cary Ashby • Feb 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A convicted drug dealer will be sent to a locked-down substance abuse treatment center for a series of probation violations, which includes furnishing alcohol to minors.

Christopher T. Cook, 24, of 152 1/2 Whittlesey Ave., was ordered Friday to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. He will remain on three years of intensive probation.

Cook admitted to several probation violations Friday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

One of those offenses was being charged with furnishing alcohol to minors and disorderly conduct (intoxication). The misdemeanors were for an Oct. 5 incident investigated by the Norwalk Police Department. Police said the four other suspects who were charged in connection with the underage drinking party were between the ages of 18 and 20.

Besides being found to under the influence of alcohol Oct. 5, Cook also admitted to testing positive for THC, oxycodone and three other drugs during a Feb. 1 drug screen. He also failed to report for probation office visits and didn't participate in court-ordered substance abuse treatment.

The state filed an earlier probation violation against Cook, but dismissed it in September. Probation officer Andrea Cooke told Judge Jim Conway the dismissal happened because it appeared the defendant was turning his life around at the time, but he later tested positive for drug usage five times.

The defendant's underlying conviction is trafficking in oxycodone, which was for an Oct. 24, 2011 controlled drug buy. As part of a plea deal in early June, prosecutors dismissed two similar charges in connection with Oct. 25 and Dec. 6, 2011 incidents.

During his pre-sentence interview prior to being sentenced in late August, Cook had a positive drug screen. He later served 30 days in the Huron County Jail.

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