APRIL 02 (WATERBURY, Conn.) - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Kevin Wallin, 61, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine (“meth”).
According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Connecticut State Police’s Statewide Narcotics Task Force. The investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of meth, physical surveillance and the use of an undercover officer, revealed that Wallin received shipments of meth from individuals in California on consignment with the understanding that he would pay his sources with proceeds generated by his distribution of the drug. After receiving the shipments of meth, he distributed the drug to other dealers and sold it to his own customers.
On six occasions between September 2012 and January 2013, Wallin sold meth to the undercover officer.
In pleading guilty, Wallin admitted that he received and distributed 1.7 kilograms of meth.
Judge Covello has scheduled sentencing for June 25, 2013, at which time Wallin faces a maximum term of imprisonment of life and a fine of up to $10 million.
Wallin has been detained since his arrest on January 3, 2013. A court-authorized search of Wallin’s residence on that date revealed meth, drug paraphernalia and drug packaging materials.
Four other individuals have been charged as a result of this investigation and are currently awaiting trial. As to these defendants, U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.