Two brothers, both from Racine, were charged with intimidating a witness and selling cocaine.
Robert Swanagan, 56, sold cocaine to a confidential informant working for the Racine Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit in 2016, according to a criminal complaint.
Then later that year, he was roped into intimidating a witness that was set to testify against his brother Arthur Vaughn in a pending criminal matter. Vaughn, 67, has multiple open cases against him with a number of charges for possession of cocaine with intent to sell and bail jumping, according to circuit court records.
Investigators listened to calls Vaughn made to Swanagan while incarcerated in Racine County Jail.
The calls beginning in December 2016 and running to February 2017, revealed Vaughn asking Swanagan to intimidate the witness then Swanagan detailing how he attempted to intimidate the witness.