FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. – A Brooklyn, N.Y., man today admitted his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Englishtown, N.J., and distribute stolen narcotics, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Dzheykhun Avshalumov, 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The Union Hill-Supremo Pharmacy in Englishtown was burglarized shortly after 4:00 a.m. on June 17, 2012. Avshalumov and his conspirators filled 17 garbage bags and two cardboard boxes with merchandise from the pharmacy, including approximately 1,988 dosage units of methylphenidate, 500 dosage units of hydromorphone, 300 dosage units of Opana (a trade name for oxymorphone) and 3,800 dosage units of oxycodone – all Schedule II controlled substances.
The stock lost by the pharmacy was valued at approximately $350,000. Avshalumov admitted that he stole the drugs, and that he did so knowing they would be distributed.
The conspiracy to distribute oxycodone charge to which Avshalumov pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19, 2013.
Two of Avshalumov’s conspirators have previously pleaded guilty to this criminal conduct. James Zarbailov pleaded guilty before Judge Wolfson on May 9, 2013, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone. Zarbailov will be sentenced on Oct. 3, 2013. David Mordukhaev pleaded guilty before Judge Wolfson on August 22, 2013, to the same offense. Mordukhaev will be sentenced on Dec. 3, 2013.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Red Bank Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, and law enforcement officers from the Marlboro Township Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief Bruce E. Hall, for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Clabby of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
Defense counsel: Michael A. Armstrong Esq., Willingboro, N.J.