▶‘MON­SIGNOR METH’ GETS MORE PRISON TIME FOR FAILED DRUG TEST:

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HART­FORD, Conn. (AP) — A Con­necti­cut Ro­man Catholic priest who ran a metham­phetamine ring was sent back to prison for nine months on Thurs­day for fail­ing an­other drug test while on su­per­vised re­lease from his first stint be­hind bars.

Former Mon­signor Kevin Wallin ap­peared in fed­eral court in Hart­ford, where he asked Judge Al­fred Covello to con­tinue his su­per­vised re­lease so he could be­gin a long-term res­i­den­tial treat­ment pro­gram for sub­stance abuse.

But Covello had warned Wallin back in April, af­ter he failed sev­eral drug tests, that he would be put back in the slam­mer if he flunked an­other one. Pro­ba­tion of­fi­cials said Wallin tested pos­i­tive for metham­phetamine ear­lier this month.

Wallin, dubbed “Mon­signor Meth” in some me­dia re­ports, pleaded guilty in 2013 to a metham­phetamine distri­bu­tion con­spir­acy charge. He was de­tained in prison un­til his sen­tenc­ing in May 2015, when he re­ceived a prison term of more than five years.

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