Drug Law

Dealer To Be Sentenced In Priest’s Meth Ring Operation

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A California man convicted of supplying four pounds of methamphetamine to a Connecticut Roman Catholic priest faces his sentencing on Wednesday.

Chad McCluskey, 44, and his girlfriend Kristen Laschober pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges in 2013. Laschober also awaits sentencing.

McCluskey could face up to eight years in prison for his role in a meth ring run by a 61-year-old priest, Kevin Wallin (pictured above). Nicknamed “Monsignor Meth,” Wallin pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in federal court last year.

Federal prosecutors said McCluskey mailed the drugs to Wallin from California. Wallin allegedly set up an adult video and sex toy shop in order to launder the drug money. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

McCluskey was charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine and 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.

His defense attorneys argue he should spend no more than five years in prison.

Sources: WTNH, Hartford Courant