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Albion man gets four-year federal term in drug case

Donald Stirk, 36, of Albion, was ordered Wednesday to serve a four-year federal prison term by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford on his Dec. 11 guilty plea to a charge of importing from China the illegal synthetic stimulant a-PVP.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimental said Customs and Border Protection officers in Memphis, Tenn., while conducting a routine inspection last March 5 of a package from China sent to Stirk and listed as containing dietary supplements, found it actually contained a-PVP, known on the streets as flakka.

Then last March 13 an identical package to Stirk from China arrived at the Albion Post Office. Stirk was arrested by special agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency armed with a search warrant. The package was delivered to his Albion home last April 15, and officers found additional quantities of a-PVP there.