DEA, Woonsocket Police charge two for tampering with a witness

DEA, Woonsocket Police charge two for tampering with a witness

PROVIDENCE – Two men accused of threatening a person who was cooperating with law enforcement have been charged in federal court with tampering with a witness.

Joshua Rojas, also known as Joshua Ramos, 19, of Woonsocket, and Victor Burgos, known as "Fat Boy," 20, of Providence, were handed the charges in federal court in Providence after a joint investigation by the Woonsocket Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration into the alleged trafficking of Fentanyl Acetyl analogue, a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Burgos has also been charged with one count each of possession with the intent to distribute Fentanyl Acetyl analogue and distribution of Fentanyl Acetyl analogue.

According to information presented to the court, Rojas and Burgos allegedly tried to intimidate a witness who was working with law enforcement in the drug trafficking case.

Burgos has been detained for violating terms of his release stemming from the original charge of possession and intent to distribute the drug, a narcotic said to have between five and ten times the potency of morphine. He was charged by way of a federal grand jury indictment returned on June 5, with one count each of use of threat of physical force against a person with the intent to influence, delay or prevent the testimony any person in an official proceeding; distribution of Fentanyl Acetyl analogue; and possession with the intent to distribute Fentanyl Acetyl analogue.

Burgos is scheduled to be arraigned on June 11, 2013. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison on each charge.

Rojas, who was charged by way of a federal criminal complaint on June 4, 2013, with one count of intentionally harassing another person and thereby attempting to hinder, delay, prevent or dissuade any person from attending or testifying in an official proceeding, was ordered detained following an initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan.

If convicted, Rojas faces a maximum sentence of up to 3 years in federal prison.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamela E. Chin.