Craig man faces cocaine charges

Two ounces of drugs on their way to Craig seized by GRAMNET officials in Silverthorne

Crime doesn't pay.

Not only because of the possibility of a jail sentence, but also because other criminals involved aren't always the most trustworthy of companions.

On July 27, a GRAMNET bust in Silverthorne, Colo., lead to two men, one from Craig, being arrested on drug charges.

Thomas J. Duran, 47, of 375 W. 12th Street in Craig, was taken into custody and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

Frank E. Vigil, 50, of Golden, Colo., was charged with distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine.

GRAMNET is a cooperative effort between law enforcement agencies in Grand, Routt and Moffat counties that focuses on halting the illegal drug trade.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office was informed by GRAMNET of the impending sale between Duran and Vigil, and after Duran purchased the cocaine for $1,700, both men were arrested.

Duran, though, didn't get all he paid for.

At the time of arrest, Duran had less than two ounces of cocaine in his possession. Officers found the remaining amount on Vigil, and he now faces additional possession charges along with distribution charges.

"It looked like Duran was short, and Vigil had the coke that Duran was short when he was arrested," said a GRAMNET task-force commander who asked not to be identified. "There's no honor among these guys."

Both Duran and Vigil's vehicles were seized, since they were used to transport drugs for distribution.

The cocaine was intended for sale in Craig, according to the task-force commander.

"After being Mirandized, Duran admitted buying the drugs, and said some was for himself and the rest was going to be sold 'for some cash on the side,' as he put it."

The investigation is ongoing, and both men are free on bond.

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