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Man faces witness tampering charge for alleged threats against informant in drug case

WILLMAR — Anthony Rooy Rolffs, 27, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Monday on a first-degree witness tampering charge for allegedly attempting to prevent the testimony of a confidential informant who allegedly bought drugs from Rolffs in a CEE-VI Drug Task Force investigation.

Unconditional bail was set at $75,000 in the case. Rolffs, who now faces 12 felony drug sale charges in the drug case, will appear next on Jan. 31 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Rolffs also faces a felony charge of being a fugitive from justice, as he faces two felony charges for failure to pay child support in Barron County, Wis.

According to the complaint, the informant told CEE-VI agents on Nov. 12 that Rolffs had contacted him via Facebook and threatened him and then repeatedly messaged the informant to not testify against Rolffs in the drug case.

Rolffs was arrested and allegedly admitted to messaging the informant, but denied any threats.

Rolffs is one of three people charged for selling pills, hashish, marijuana and ecstasy between April and May. Krista Danielle Woodcock, 23, of Willmar, faces four fourth- and fifth-degree sale counts. Her next appearance is Jan. 22. Nathan Sturm, 29, of Willmar, is charged with a felony charge of fifth-degree drug sale. His next appearance is Jan. 13.

According to the complaints, the informant purchased controlled substances from Rolffs and/or Woodcock and Sturm on nine separate occasions between April 24 and May 16, at an apartment complex on the southeast side and at an apartment complex on the northwest side of Willmar, plus in a parking lot in Hutchinson. The purchases included Adderall and Klonopin pills, hashish and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy or “molly.”

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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