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Warren man gets 8 years on drug charges

A Warren man on Tuesday was sentenced to federal prison for eight years on a conviction of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and heroin, and possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and carfentanil.

Matthew Cavin, 31, appeared in person before federal Judge Christopher A. Boyko in a U.S. Northern Ohio District courtroom.

Cavin had his fines waived but must pay a special court assessment of $200.

According to a court document, Cavin was charged with 10 others in a federal indictment filed Sept. 3, 2020. The charges were linked to a series of drug raids, including one in the 800 block of Dover Avenue in which Cavin was present at the house.

Cavin’s attorney, Robber Duffrin, admitted to his client’s role in the drug conspiracy, although Cavin claimed he was not a “significant” player, the document states.

He pleaded guilty to the two charges on Feb. 8, 2021. As part of the plea agreement with the government, Cavin agreed to forfeit $8,480 in cash that was seized Nov. 1, 2019, and another $1,228 that was taken Dec. 4, 2019.

His attorney asked for Cavin to be sent to a medium-security federal facility in Florida. According to the defense document, Cavin is interested in obtaining training in welding while incarcerated.

Cavin, also known as “Swag,” has been housed in Trumbull County jail since his arrest Sept. 5, 2020.

Cavin, who lists an address of 2401 Cranwood Drive, also faces state charges of failure to comply, possession of crack cocaine and possession of a fentanyl-related compound in connection with a Sept. 5 police chase.

In that case, Cavin appeared Wednesday before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay and told the judge he intends to plead guilty to those charges. A change-of-plea hearing is set for June 16 in McKay’s court.

Court records also show Cavin is expected to appear in Judge Ronald J. Rice’s court on June 25 for a change-of-plea hearing on escape and failure to comply charges.

Federal Judge Boyko said Cavin will serve the federal sentence concurrent with any of the prison sentences handed down by the Trumbull County judges.

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