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41-year-old Christopher Douglas Cook of Conover will spend six-to-eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty of trafficking in methamphetamine by possession and transportation. The Catawba County jury returned the guilty verdict yesterday (November 29) after half-an-hour of deliberations. The trial spanned three days.
The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the active prison term and assessed a pair of mandatory $50,000 fines. Cook will serve his period of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Jury selection for the trial started on Monday (November 27) followed by the presentation of evidence Tuesday and Wednesday. Closing arguments were made by the prosecution and the defense Wednesday before the case went to the jury for deliberation.
The offenses occurred on June 15, 2021, when Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Cook. A K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs in the car and a search turned up meth and drug paraphernalia in multiple locations. The drugs were seized and sent to the State Crime Lab for testing, which confirmed that the substance was a trafficking amount of methamphetamine.
The case was investigated by the Hickory Police Department. Officers Dayton Sigmon and Clay Albrecht, who are now with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, played active roles in that investigation while still with H.P.D. Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Greer handled the prosecution with aid from Legal Assistant Stacey London.