FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. – A Brooklyn, N.Y., man today admitted his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Englishtown, N.J., and sell stolen narcotics for cash, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
David Mordukhaev, 22, 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 oxycodone and possess oxycodone with intent to distribute.
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. Mordukhaev and his fellow 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 $350,000. Mordukhaev admitted he stole the drugs knowing they would be sold for profit.
The conspiracy to distribute oxycodone charge to which Mordukhaev pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3, 2013.
Mordukhaev’s co-conspirator, James Zarbailov, previously 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.
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: Lance Lazzaro Esq., Brooklyn, N.Y.