Suspect from Rumford Drug Bust Wanted for NY Homicide
One of five people arrested in a Rumford drug bust was found to be a fugitive from New York, wanted in connection with a homicide.
Marquis Yohanis, 19, of the Bronx, originally gave officers a false name, during the execution of a search warrant on Wednesday at 327 Pine Street. A fingerprint scanner was used to confirm his identity, and police learned he was wanted in New York on robbery and homicide charges. Yohanis was charged with being a fugitive from justice and aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.
Also arrested in that bust:
- Abdul-Malik Mardah, 23 of the Bronx, New York,charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.
- Arimay Figueroa, 18, of the Bronx, New York, charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.
- Chelsey Marie Russell, 20, Rumford, charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.
- Yarette Armondo Dones, 19, of 327 Pine Street in Rumford. Dones was arrested in Wilton and charged with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and violation of conditions of release.
Seized in the apartment were 70 grams of cocaine base, 40 grams of (suspected) heroin and fentanyl, $2,800 in suspected drug proceeds, scales, and additional items related to drug distribution. MDEA officials say the arrests are the result of drug purchases by undercover agents.
Yohanis is being held at the Oxford County Jail, without bail, on the fugitive homicide and robbery warrants. Mardah and Figueroa are being held on $100,000 cash bail. Russell's bail was set at $800 cash on Russell.
Police say Dones and Russell are in a relationship, and Dones was out on bail from a Franklin County case involving a domestic assault. Dones is being held at the Franklin County Jail in Farmington, pending his transfer to Oxford County. Bail has been set pending his initial appearance in court, which is expected Friday afternoon.