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News Release

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2009

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane E. Young
(603) 545-9282

Arrests in Dover and Rochester

Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte, Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso, and Rochester Police Chief David Dubois announce the arrests of Mark Wendell (age 36) of Berwick, Maine and Kenneth M. Marchacos (age 38) of Rochester, New Hampshire, for violations of the Controlled Drug Act.

Following a joint investigation by members of the New Hampshire Drug Task Force, the Dover Police Department and the Rochester Police Department, the police executed search warrants in Dover and Rochester. The police also conducted undercover purchases of drugs during this two-month investigation. During this investigation, the police seized approximately 500 oxycontin pills, 14 ounces of cocaine, 8 pounds of marijuana, 1 ounce of powered ecstasy and 1 ounce of heroin. In addition, the police seized 4 rifles, drug paraphernalia and approximately $25,000. The street value of the oxycontin, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and heroin is in excess of $75,000.

Wendell has been charged with one count of sale of cocaine. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled for an arraignment in the Dover District Court on January 16, 2009.

Marchacos has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. He was arraigned in the Rochester District Court earlier today where his bail was set at $50,000 cash. He is currently being held at the Strafford County House of Corrections.

Attorney General Ayotte stated that, "It is only through the concerted efforts of law enforcement that drug traffickers' illegal enterprises will be both disrupted and abolished." This investigation remains ongoing at this time.

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