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High priest! Catholic Church Leader in Connecticut is Busted in Meth Ring

New York Daily News, January 17, 2013

A former Catholic priest in Connecticut has been busted for selling methamphetamine — and could spend the rest of his earthly life in jail, authorities say.

Federal prosecutors say Kevin Wallin, 61, former pastor at St. Augustine’s Parish in Bridgeport, took part in a cross-country drug ring that shipped meth between Connecticut and California.

Wallin, of downtrodden Waterbury, Conn., was one of five people indicted Tuesday after he sold the highly-addictive drug to an undercover officer six times since last September, cops said.

Wallin resigned as St. Augustine’s pastor in June 2011 after nine years, citing health and personal issues. His facilities for public ministry were suspended in May 2012, the Diocese of Bridgeport said.

"News of Msgr. Kevin Wallin's arrest comes with a sense of shock and concern on the part of the Diocese and the many people of Fairfield County who have known him as a gifted, accomplished and compassionate priest," the diocese said in a statement.

"The Diocese stands ready to help as it has throughout the past two years. We ask for prayers for Msgr. Wallin during the difficult days ahead for him."

He is charged with conspiring to distribute meth and with possession with intent to distribute and he faces 10 years to life in prison.