OC Couple Accused Of Shipping Meth To Connecticut Priest Who Laundered Money Through Sex Shop
A meth ring that headed up by the now-infamous "Monsignor Meth" in Connecticut got its supply from a couple in Orange County.
Msgr. Kevin Wallin of Connecticut was arrested on suspicion of selling meth and laundering money through a sex shop that he purchased not long after he resigned from the priesthood two years ago, according to the New York Daily News. A federal indictment with conspiracy to distribute meth also named Chad McCluskey, 43, of San Clemente and Kristen Laschober, 47, of Laguna Nigel, as well as Wallin and two other men in Connecticut.
The OC couple allegedly shipped meth across the country six times between September and January. The OC Weekly notes that McCluskey describes himself in his social media profiles as working in "global distribution" for Pure Chip and describes his girlfriend Laschober as a "wardrobe consultant." They look like any other couple from coastal Orange County. The pair were arrested in Las Vegas on January 10—a week after Wallin. The U.S. Attorney's office said Wallin sold meth to undercover officers six times.
Most of the seedy details about the meth ring are on the Connecticut side. The Roman Catholic Diocese says that there's no evidence that Wallin was selling drugs while he was a priest, but they did not approve of his alleged cross-dressing and his having sex in the rectory.