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DEA and State Police Bust Meth Ring; Laguna Niguel Woman Involved

The investigation has included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of methamphetamine, physical surveillance and the use of an undercover officer.

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, John J. Arvanitis, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and Col. Danny R. Stebbins of the Connecticut State Police, today announced a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport has returned an indictment charging three Connecticut men and two California residents, one from Laguna Niguel, with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. 

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, the indictment was returned on Jan. 15, 2013. According to statements made in court, this matter stems from a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Connecticut State Police’s Statewide Narcotics Task Force. 

The investigation has included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of methamphetamine, physical surveillance and the use of an undercover officer.  The investigation revealed Kevin Wallin of Waterbury, Conn., allegedly received shipments of methamphetamine from individuals in California. 

On six occasions between September 2012 and January 2013, it is alleged that the undercover officer purchased methamphetamine from Wallin.

“This case is a model for cooperation between federal and state law enforcement agencies,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein. 

“The hard work of the DEA and the Connecticut State Police in this case resulted in the dismantling of what we allege was a significant methamphetamine distribution organization that spanned from California to Connecticut.”

The indictment charges the following five individuals with one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and 50 grams of actual methamphetamine: 

Kevin Wallin, 61, of Golden Hill Street, Waterbury

Kenneth Devries, also known as “Lyme,” 52, of Golden Hill Street, Waterbury, Conn.

Michael Nelson, 40, of Buckland Hills Drive, Manchester, Conn.

Chad McCluskey, 43, of San Clemente, Calif.,

Kristen Laschober, 47, of Laguna Niguel, Calif. 

The indictment also charges Wallin with six counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.Wallin and Devries were arrested on criminal complaints on Jan. 3, 2013. 

According to statements made in court, a court-authorized search of Wallin's residence on that date revealed suspected methamphetamine, as well as items that government alleges are drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials.

McCluskey and Laschober were arrested on criminal complaints in Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 10, 2013.

Nelson was arrested yesterday after the indictment was returned.All five defendants are currently detained, and the investigation is ongoing.        

If convicted of the charge of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and 50 grams of actual methamphetamine, each of the defendants faces a minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum term of imprisonment of life and a fine of up to $10 million. 

If convicted of the charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, Wallin faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million, on each count.

U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. 

Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick Caruso and H. Gordon Hall.

Shirley January 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Is Kristen Laschober, 47, of Laguna Niguel, Calif. one of the residents that lives/owns a multi million dollar home?
LoyolaAlum January 18, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Another cross-dressing priest, besides the just busted Monsignor Kevin Wallin, was Jesuit Fr. Angel Crisostomo Mariano. The police caught the Jesuit cross-dresser, Fr. Mariano, in a sex act with a 17 year-old boy in a parked car. Mariano used the internet to meet two boys, saying he was a 25 year-old woman. He was wearing lipstick and rouge when he met the boys. Mariano was arrested, convicted, and sent to jail for five months. Fr. Mariano was once a roommate of Fr. Thomas Smolich, now the top USA Jesuit. As expected Fr. Smolich said he was clueless about Fr. Mariano.
LoyolaAlum January 18, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Cross-Dressing Meth Priest Kevin Wallin Liked Sex In Rectory A cross-dressing Catholic priest with an OC connection was nicknamed “Msgr. Meth” reportedly liked sex along with his drugs. The Catholic priest was indicted by a federal grand jury for a nationwide meth ring and he isn’t out of the fire yet. The priest’s new crimes show him being suspended after officials discovered he had been cross-dressing and having sex in the Bridgeport’s St. Augustine Cathedral’s rectory. Monsignor Kevin Wallin, 61, had been relieved of his duties in May, but the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport still paid him until his arrest on January 3. Kevin Wallin had plans that day to fly to London. Kevin Wallin, who has been nicknamed “Msgr. Meth” by some, was selling several thousands of dollars in meth per week, and had been shipping all the way from Connecticut to California, says the arrest report. Wallin, of Waterbury, purchased an adult toy and video store called Land of Oz in his post-Priesthood life, situated in North Haven. Investigators claim he laundered thousands of dollars in weekly meth profits using the shop. Source: Inquisitr

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