Woman gets 5 years for meth ring role

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A former California woman received five years in prison for taking part in a methamphetamine ring.

Kristen Laschober, 49, formerly of Laguna Niguel, Calif., also received five years of supervised release.

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 methamphetamine, physical surveillance an undercover officer, revealed that Laschober and her boyfriend, Chad McCluskey, sent shipments of methamphetamine to Kevin Wallin of Waterbury for four years, prosecutors said.

After receiving the shipments, Wallin distributed the methamphetamine to other dealers as well as to his own customers. Some of the shipments were sent on consignment with the understanding that Wallin would pay Laschober and McCluskey with proceeds generated from his distribution of the drug, prosecutors said.

The couple was arrested in Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 10, 2013. On April 23, 2013, Laschober pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.

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