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3/28/2013 (1 year ago)

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Suspended priest suspected of earning $300,000 in narcotic sales

Suspended Roman Catholic priest, 61-year-old Kevin Wallin - dubbed by some as "Monsignor Meth," is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Wallin is suspected of making more than $300,000 in drug sales during a six-month period last year.
 

Suspended Roman Catholic priest, 61-year-old Kevin Wallin, in addition to drug trafficking, owned a pornography shop called Land of Oz & Dorothy's Place.

Suspended Roman Catholic priest, 61-year-old Kevin Wallin, in addition to drug trafficking, owned a pornography shop called Land of Oz & Dorothy's Place.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/28/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Kevin Wallin, Monsignor Meth, drug sales, guilty plea, porno shop


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Wallin is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut next week for a hearing in which he would plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Wallin allegedly had meth mailed to him from co-conspirators in California out of his Waterbury apartment in the second half of last year. Wallin also bought a small adult video and sex toy shop in the nearby town of North Haven named Land of Oz & Dorothy's Place, authorities said.

Wallin was the pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport for nine years until he resigned in June 2011, citing health and personal problems. He had previously served six years as pastor of St. Peter's Church in Danbury until 2002.

Granted a sabbatical in July of 2011, the Diocese of Bridgeport suspended Wallin from public ministry last May. Wallin was arrested by federal agents on January 3. A grand jury indicted him and four other people on drug charges on January 15. All are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing meth and 50 grams of actual meth, a crime that carries 10 years to life in prison upon conviction, a charge that Wallin intends to plead guilty to.

Wallin was also charged with six counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of meth.

Prior to his arrest, an undercover officer with the state task force bought meth from Wallin six times from September 20 to January 2, paying more than $3,400 in total for 23 grams of the drug, authorities said.

Federal agents say they learned through wiretaps and informants about other sales Wallin was making.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney David Fein said federal and state authorities worked together in "the dismantling of what we allege was a significant methamphetamine distribution organization that spanned from California to Connecticut."

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