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Friday 18 April 2014

Ex-priest admits home drug dealing

Priest Kevin Wallin dealt methamphetamine (AP)

A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of making more than 300,000 dollars (£200,000) in methamphetamine sales and running an adult video and sex toy shop has admitted a federal drug charge.

Kevin Wallin of Waterbury, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Wallin is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25. The agreed-upon sentence is 11 to 14 years.

Prosecutors say the 61-year-old had meth mailed to him from California and sold the drugs out of his apartment last year. They said he also owned an adult video and sex toy shop.

Wallin resigned as pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2011, citing health and personal problems.

Dubbed "Monsignor Meth," Wallin was pastor of the church for nine years.

He was arrested in January, and a grand jury indicted him and four other people on drug charges.

An undercover officer bought meth from Wallin six times. Federal agents said they learned through phone taps and informants about other sales Wallin was making.

Connecticut US Attorney David Fein said the arrests dismantled "a significant methamphetamine distribution organization that spanned from California to Connecticut."

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