Pembroke man indicted on federal drug charges

The Patriot Ledger

A Pembroke man who hoped to become a police officer faces federal charges that he sold OxyContin in Quincy in January.

A federal grand jury has indicted Christopher Cook, 28, of 28 West St., Pembroke, on two counts of drug dealing. The indictments were handed up Monday.

Cook was arrested March 13 following an FBI investigation into sales of OxyContin, a powerful painkiller. He has been behind bars since his arrest.

Agents said a person who had been charged with drug trafficking but had not pleaded guilty yet agreed to cooperate with them in the Cook case. The informant, who lives in Quincy, said Cook had been selling the drug for more than a year.

On Jan. 27, agents recorded Cook selling the informant 200 OxyContin pills for $7,600 in cash.

Cook is a former federal court employee. He worked at the federal appeals court in South Boston for two years until this past July, when he was fired. He had applied to become a Boston police officer, an affidavit filed in the case said.

If convicted, Cook could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and fined $1 million followed by five years of supervised release on each of the two counts.