Alleged 'main cocaine dealer' charged

Two Oak Harbor men could end up in prison for allegedly selling cocaine to “the fuzz” — an undercover agent with the Oak Harbor Police Department.

Odie Cook, Jr., 20, and 28-year-old Cleveland Letwaun Harris were both charged in Island County Superior Court Jan. 27 in cocaine-related cases. Cook was charged with two counts of delivery of cocaine and one count attempted delivery of cocaine. Harris was charged with delivery of cocaine and attempted delivery of cocaine with a firearms enhancement.

Sgt. Tim Sterkel, the drug enforcement officer with the Oak Harbor Police Office, wrote in his report that an undercover agent purchased cocaine from Cook on Dec. 30 and Jan. 7. On Jan. 14, the agent purchased cocaine from Harris and another man, Sterkel wrote.

Then on Jan. 21, the undercover guy negotiated a deal with Cook to trade two pounds of marijuana for $1,800 and two ounces of cocaine. The next day the agent met Cook and Harris in the Taco Bell parking lot. Both Cook and Harris handed over $900 in cash, the report states, but they didn’t bring the coke. The undercover agent gave them the marijuana in exchange.

Harris warned the undercover agent that “if the fuzz follows him, he would come find (the agent)”, the report states. After the trade was made, Cook and Harris drove out of the parking lot and were arrested. Police allegedly found two loaded handguns on Harris.

Sterkel wrote that several informants told him that Cook “is the main cocaine dealer in Oak Harbor, Island County area.”

If convicted of the charges, both Cook and Harris would face well over two years in prison.

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