The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 41-year-old Craig man Sept. 18 on suspicion of intimidating and tampering with a witness, a trend the task force contends is becoming more commonplace in criminal cases.
Darwin Roy Forquer is charged in Moffat County with intimidating a witness and tampering with a witness, both Class 4 felonies, and violation of bail bonds, a Class 6 felony.
According to the criminal complaint, Forquer attempted to influence a witness or victim he believed would be called to testify against him in a pending drug distribution case.
In a news release, ACET reported that Forquer received information in discovery - a process in which case information is turned over from prosecutors to the defense - that "might have possibly identified witnesses in the case against him."
"Forquer engaged in illegal conduct toward an individual he suspected provided evidence against him in a way that violated state statutes," according to ACET's news release. The task force added that an investigation "revealed probable cause that he was attempting to intimidate a possible witness."
ACET commander Garrett Wiggins said the task force is seeing a "pattern of this kind of behavior toward possible witnesses in criminal cases."
"ACET is currently investigating several similar cases where possible witnesses have been threatened or harassed and arrests are expected to be forthcoming," Wiggins wrote in the news release. "This type of behavior is unlawful and is a criminal violation that will be investigated fully and referred to the District Attorney's Office for filing of appropriate felony charges. Intimidating a witness or retaliating against a witness is a very serious crime."
Forquer posted $10,000 bond a day after his arrest Sept. 19, and he was released from Moffat County Jail. He had a previous stint in the jail a month earlier.
ACET arrested him Aug. 20 on the alleged drug offenses. He posted $10,000 bond and was released from jail Aug. 22.
That pending drug case includes two counts of a distribution of marijuana, a Class 4 felony, stemming from alleged incidents Dec. 14, 2007, and Dec. 22, 2007.
Forquer is scheduled for an advisement hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Moffat County Court on the witness charges, and arraignment at 1 p.m. Oct. 30 in Moffat County District Court on the drug charges.
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