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Ex-Federal Appeals Court Employee in South Boston, Massachusetts Arrested on OxyContin Sales Charge

In Massachusetts, a former US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit records clerk was arrested for allegedly selling OxyContin.

Christopher Cook allegedly sold 200 OxyContin pills to someone working undercover with the FBI. Cook, 28, was to be given $7,600 for the pills.

The undercover witness agreed to work with FBI agents, who tape-recorded the sale, after being charged with drug trafficking outside the state. He had informed agents that he and Cook had been selling drugs for over a year.

Cook reportedly tried to flee before he was arrested at an undisclosed location. He faces one federal charge of selling OxyContin. The Pembroke native reportedly has a history of arrests for violence.

Prosecutors suggested that he be detained until a detention hearing that is scheduled fornext week because he is believed to be a flight risk.

Cook faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted for federal drug trafficking.

OxyContin is a prescription painkiller. Street names for OxyContin include Kicker, OC, Oxy, OX, Blue, Oxycotton, Hillybilly Heroin.

The WhiteHouseDrugPolicy.gov Web site says that prescription drugs are often illegally obtained via:

• Doctor shopping or other prescription fraud.
• Illegal online pharmacies.
• Theft and burglary.
• Receiving/purchasing from friends or family.
• Overprescribing.

If you have been arrested for a drug crime in the Boston area or anywhere else in Massachusetts, it is important that you hire a Boston, Massachusetts drug crimes law firm that is familiar with the different avenues of defense that are available to you. We have defended clients prosecuted at the state and federal levels.

Former court worker held in OxyContin sale, Boston.com, March 14, 2008
Prescription Drugs, Office of National Drug Control Policy

Related Web Resource:

OxyContine, DEA
Federal Trafficking Penalties, DEA
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