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2 charged with trying to smuggle drugs into jails

February 13, 2019

A local man and woman are charged with attempting 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 the 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 Corrections, the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the FBI.

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

“It was not our jail,” he said.

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

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

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

Parker is named in the first two counts; Jones in four counts, the document said. All five counts say 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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