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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Brooklyn Man Who Broke Into Pharmacy Sentenced To 65 Months In Prison For Conspiracy To Sell Stolen Oxycodone

TRENTON, N.J. – A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was sentenced today to 65 months in prison for his involvement in a plot to burglarize a pharmacy in Marlboro Township, N.J., and sell the stolen narcotics for cash, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

David Mordukhaev, 22, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The Union Hill-Supremo Pharmacy in Marlboro Township 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 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 $335,000.

Mordukhaev admitted that he stole the drugs, and that he did so knowing they would be sold for profit.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Mordukhaev to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $334,722 in restitution.

Two of Mordukhaev’s conspirators, James Zarbailov, 23, and Dzheykhun Avshalumov, 24, both of Brooklyn, have previously pleaded guilty to the same charge. Zarbailov was sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment on Nov. 18, 2013.  Avshalumov’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19, 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 sentence.

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.

Updated March 18, 2015