On June 28, 2018, at around 5:30 AM, detectives with the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET) and members of the Washington State Patrol Special Weapons and Tactics team (WSP SWAT) arrested 28-year-old Forks resident Tommy Lee Cook Jr. The arrest occurred at Cook Jr’s residence, a recreational vehicle parked in the 800 block of G St. in Forks Washington. Cook Jr. was taken into custody without incident after surrendering to the SWAT Team.
Cook’s arrest was based on probable cause that OPNET developed that Cook Jr. had been selling heroin for cash or trading it for benzodiazepines. OPNET also developed probable cause that some of these transactions occurred at Cook Jr’s residence which is located within 1000 feet of a school bus route stop. Benzodiazepines, also known as “Benzos,” are a class of tranquilizer that includes Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax.
After Cook was taken into custody, OPNET detectives served a search warrant at Cook Jr’s RV. The search yielded 1 semi-automatic pistol and digital scales. While serving the search warrant, OPNET developed enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the house where Cook’s RV was parked.
The house was the residence of Cook JR’s father, 57-year-old Tommy Lee Cook Sr. During the search of the house, detectives discovered approximately 62 grams of suspected heroin and $2,750 in cash in a closet. Suspected heroin and digital scales were also discovered. Heroin in the Forks area costs about $200 a gram.
The Washington State Patrol SWAT Team was requested due to Cook Jr’s history of violent behavior to included convictions for making threats, harassment, and multiple assaults. Cook Jr had been arrested in December of 2017 when he was contacted by members of the LaPush Tribal Police and Clallam County Sheriff’s department after they searched him and his RV and discovered over 2 grams of heroin, a semi-automatic handgun, an AK-47 type semi-automatic rifle, a revolver, and a 12 gauge shotgun.
The serial number of the shotgun had been removed, and barrel to the shotgun had been modified to be below the length allowed by law (sawed off). Due to his criminal history, Cook Jr was prohibited by law to be in possession of firearms.
On June 28, 2018, Tommy Cook Jr. was booked into the Clallam County Jail for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin), two counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a designated school bus stop, and unlawful possession of a firearm 2nd degree.
On April 17, 2019, Tommy Cook Jr. plead guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance with a Firearm Enhancement, two counts of Bail Jumping, and Deliver of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone. Cook Jr was sentenced to 78 months in prison by Clallam County Superior Court Judge Brent Basden.