New York fentanyl fugitive arrested in Medford
With the help of law enforcement in Southern Oregon, a woman who skipped sentencing in New York after pleading guilty to dealing fentanyl-laced heroin has returned to her home state.
Chellie A. Warner, 32, of Sidney Center, N.Y., was extradited back to the other side of the country last week following a weekslong stay in the Jackson County Jail, according to a release issued by Delaware County, New York Sheriff Craig DuMond on the agency’s Facebook page posted Thursday.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office alleges that Warner sold fentanyl-laced heroin in the town of Tompkins, N.Y. in August 2017, and that she was charged with counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance the following December.
Delaware County Court ordered her released her on her own recognizance by October of last year after she pleaded guilty to one of the charges, but she never appeared for her sentencing hearing.
Medford police arrested Warner on the fugitive warrant Aug. 20, according to the release and Jackson County Jail records, which show that Warner was booked in the jail at 4:38 p.m. that day.
Police from New York picked Warner up in Medford on Sept. 17, according to the release.
During a Sept. 19 court appearance, Judge Richard D. Northrup Jr. ordered her held without bail in the custody of Delaware County Corrections.
The release says that the sheriff’s office in Delaware County and the Delaware County District Attorney’s office is seeking a court order that would require Warner to pay costs associated with her extradition from Oregon to New York.