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East Haven Man Sentenced to More Than 5 Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Gun Offenses

MAR 30 (HARTFORD, Conn.) – Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Matthew Voloshin, 30, of East Haven was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 66 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking marijuana and unlawfully possessing firearms.

This matter stems from a DEA Task Force investigation that included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of marijuana and physical surveillance.  On June 4, 2013, Voloshin and Jesse Wrubel were arrested on state charges.  Search warrants executed in association with their arrests revealed two loaded handguns and approximately $50,000 that were found at Voloshin’s residence, and three handguns and approximately 40 pounds of marijuana that were found at an East Haven garage rented by Voloshin.  Three of the five firearms were stolen.  Law enforcement also seized approximately 20 pounds of marijuana, approximately $15,000 and a loaded nine millimeter rifle from Wrubel.  On January 30, 2014, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Voloshin and Wrubel with marijuana and firearm offenses.  Voloshin has been detained since his arrest on February 7, 2014.  On June 30, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 20 kilograms of marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Wrubel, of West Haven, also has been detained since his arrest on February 7, 2014.  On November 24, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  He is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

This matter has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, which includes personnel from the New Haven, Hamden, Branford, Meriden, West Haven, North Haven, East Haven, Derby and Ansonia Police Departments. 


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