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Two Plead Guilty In Connecticut ‘Monsignor Meth’ Drug Ring

Kevin Wallin (credit: The Connecticut Post)

Kevin Wallin (credit: The Connecticut Post)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) - A California man and his girlfriend have pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges for supplying four pounds of methamphetamine to a Roman Catholic priest’s Connecticut drug operation.

Forty-three-year-old Chad McCluskey of San Clemente and 47-year-old Kristen Laschober of Laguna Niguel pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hartford. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8 and both could face up to 10 years in prison.

The Connecticut Post reports a judge ordered McCluskey and Laschober released to an inpatient drug treatment center.

They admitted supplying meth to suspended priest Kevin Wallin of Waterbury. Wallin pleaded guilty to drug charges earlier this month and faces 11 to 14 years in prison.

Church officials suspended the former pastor at St. Augustine Parish in Bridgeport from public ministry last May.

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