New name emerges in St. Clair County judge drug scandal

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) - A woman connected to a Metro East heroin scandal that brought down a St. Clair County judge is scheduled to plead guilty.

This particular case involves Deborah Perkins, 68, from Fairview Heights. She is facing charges involving heroin possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Court documents say she is slated to have a Change of Plea hearing on Thursday. She may change her plea from "not guilty" to "guilty."

The connection to former judge Mike Cook comes through Sean McGilvery, 34.  Cook was arrested in front of his Belleville home in May.  McGilvery is now facing heroin charges along with Cook.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that court documents show McGilvery contributed $20,000 towards Perkins' purchase of $50,000 worth of heroin in Chicago. Court documents say Perkins admitted that for some time, she would go to Chicago to buy heroin and then return to her Fairview Heights home where she and her son would sell it.

Cook's trial on his criminal charges was suppose to start Tuesday, but has been postponed until October.

The case broke after Cook's friend, Judge Joe Christ, died from a cocaine overdose and a heart attack while at Cook's hunting lodge in Pike County, Illinois.