Forks Man Sentenced for Heroin Charge

  • Wed Dec 12th, 2018 2:37pm
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Clallam County Superior Court Cause No.: 18-1-00265-05

On Nov. 28, 2018, a Clallam County jury found Tommy Lee Cook Sr., 57, of Forks guilty of Possession of a Controlled Substance, (Heroin) with Intent to Deliver, a Class B felony.

According to court records, officials of the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, (OPNET) served a search warrant at the defendant’s 851 G Street residence in Forks. The search on June 28, 2018, uncovered over 60 grams of heroin, digital scales, packaging material and over $2,300 in cash.

Defense counsel, Karen Unger, argued that the defendant did not know the heroin was in his residence and therefore her client could not have possessed the controlled substance with intent to transfer possession to another person. The jury rejected this claim and also found the offense occurred within 1000 feet of a school bus route stop as designated by the Quillayute Valley School District. The defendant faces a standard range sentence of 44 to 84 months in prison including a 24-month school bus stop enhancement.

Defendant’s felony conviction history includes first-degree theft, possession of a controlled substance and second-degree escape. Defendant’s 2001 controlled substance convictions resulted in a prison-based drug treatment sentence alternative or DOSA.

On Dec. 11, 2018, Judge Erik Rohr sentenced the defendant to 64 months, the midpoint of the range to be followed by 12 months of community custody. The State, represented by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney April King, had recommended 84 months, the high end of the range as well as $2,800 in fines and costs to include a $1,000 drug fine and $1,000OPNET fine. Judge Rohr imposed a total of $500 for the crime victims’ compensation fund, a mandatory cost.

Over the State’s objection, the defendant was given until 10 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2018, to report to the county jail to begin his prison term.