Forks father, son accused of heroin sales

FORKS — Charges are expected to be filed Tuesday in Clallam County Superior Court against a father-son duo arrested early Thursday morning for investigation of drug-related offenses, including alleged possession of more than $12,000 worth of heroin.

Tommy Lee Cook Sr., 57, and Tommy Lee Cook III, also known as Tommy Lee Cook Jr., 28, were arrested without incident in an Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team operation with assistance from a State Patrol SWAT team, OPNET Detective Sgt. Tom Kuch said Friday.

A 72-hour hold was placed Friday on both men while they await the filing of charges at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Superior Court.

Bail was set at $200,000 for Cook Jr. and $40,000 for Cook Sr.

Cook Jr. remained in jail as of early Friday evening.

Father and son cannot have contact with each other if they are released, according to conditions of release set Friday.

They were arrested about about 5:30 a.m. Thursday on Cook Sr.’s property in the 800 block of G Street, where his son was living in a recreational vehicle, according to the probable cause statement.

Cook Jr. was arrested for investigation of two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a designated bus stop, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Cook Sr. was arrested for investigation of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a designated school bus stop.

OPNET detectives used informants to purchase heroin twice from Cook Jr., according to a probable cause statement.

Cook Jr. told an arresting detective that he had sold drugs in the past and obtained them from his father, court documents said.

Authorities found tin foil with suspected heroin residue, digital scales and a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol in the RV, according to the statement.

Cook Jr. has a domestic-violence-related conviction that prevents him from owning a firearm.

Cook’s father was talking with law enforcement personnel while his son was being arrested, Kuch said.

“He came out of his house to see what was going on and to talk,” Kuch said.

Kuch said authorities obtained a search warrant to enter Cook Sr.’s home based on evidence they collected in the RV.

“I can’t imagine he was too surprised,” Kuch said.

An an OPNET press release said that officers discovered plastic baggies with a combined total of 62 grams of heroin.

The heroin is valued at $200 a gram, according to the release, for a total street value of $12,400.

Authorities also found two sets of digital scales, $2,750 in cash, according to the probable cause statement.

Cook Sr. told authorities he has been buying what he referred to as China White, according to OPNET.

China White is the street name given to a potent heroin substitute made from the prescription drug Fentanyl, a pain medication, according to www.rehabcenter.net.

Cook Sr. admitted to supplying his son with heroin, according to the probable cause statement.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected]

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