Man sentenced for trafficking marijuana and gun offenses

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Jesse Wrubel of West Haven, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to five years 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, Wrubel and Matthew Voloshin 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 East Haven 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 Jan. 30, 2014, a grand jury returned an indictment charging Wrubel and Voloshin with marijuana and firearm offenses.  Wrubel has been detained since his arrest on Feb. 7, 2014.  On Nov. 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.

Voloshin also has been detained since his arrest on Feb. 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.  On March 30, 2016, he was sentenced to 66 months of imprisonment.

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