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Feds allege 2 tried to smuggle Spice into jails

February 14, 2019

A local man and woman have been charged with trying to smuggle drugs into correctional institutions.

Calvin Jones, 37, and Diamond Parker, 29, were charged Jan. 23 in a five-count indictment in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne.

The indictment was unsealed after Parker was arrested Tuesday, according to Ryan Holmes, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Parker was being held at Allen County Jail as a federal inmate, Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Stone said.

Both are in custody, but it is unclear where Jones is being held. Holmes said indictments with co-defendants are typically unsealed when both are arrested.

The two were involved in a conspiracy to smuggle illegal narcotics into unnamed correctional institutions from August 2017 to October 2018, according to the indictment.

Investigating agencies include the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Indiana Department of Correction, the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI.

Stone said there is no evidence that the two were involved in smuggling drugs into Allen County Jail.

“It was not our jail,” Stone said.

Federal authorities described the smuggled drug as 5-fluro ADB, also known as synthetic cannabinoid : a man-made drug. The drug is most commonly known as Spice.

Spice is either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material to look like marijuana and smoked or sold as a liquid to be vaporized and inhaled, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a department in the National Institutes of Health.

Capt. Kevin Hunter of the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit said 5-fluro ADB is a “very potent form of Spice.” The substance is typically a factor in drug overdoses “to the point where many of these people are put on ventilators,” he said.

Parker and Jones each face to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million, court documents said.

Parker is named in the first two counts; Jones in four counts, the documents said.

All five counts indicate the two tried to distribute “a controlled substance, namely a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of 5-fluro ADB.”

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