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Albion man jailed pending Federal Court detention hearing in drug case

Donald Stirk, 35, of Albion, has been jailed since his arrest Friday for allegedly having controlled drugs shipped to him illegally from China and selling some of them to a friend, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., said Monday.

Stirk has been in custody since he was arrested at his home on Route 31 in Albion for the alleged illegal possession with intent to distribute and distribution of Alpha-PVP, a Schedule 1 controlled substance, Hochul said.

On March 5 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Memphis, Tenn. selected for inspection a package mailed from China to the Albion Post Office for a “Donald Starks.” Though the contents of the package was listed as a dietary supplement it actually contained the controlled substance, Hochul said.

For nearly a month identical packages kept coming from China for “Donald Starks” of Albion and on April 15 Stirk’s residence was raided and the illegal drugs were found there, investigators said. Accused of selling some of the China drug shipments to “another individual,” Stirk also claimed he purchased the drugs from China “to help him with his mental illness,” Hochul said.

Friday U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott remanded Stirk to custody pending a detention hearing Thursday. If convicted as charged Stirk faces a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million, Hochul said.