Two locals charged in federal court for smuggling drugs into jails

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – On January 23 in the U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne, 37-year-old Calvin Jones and 29-year-old Diamond Parker were charged in a five-count indictment, according to the Journal Gazette.  The indictment was unsealed after Parker was arrested on Tuesday, February 12.  Jones was already in custody at the time of Parker’s arrest.  Parker is currently being held as a federal prisoner at the Allen County Jail.

According to the indictment, Jones and Parker were both involved in a conspiracy to smuggle illegal drugs into a number of correctional institutions from August 2017 to October 2018.  According to Steve Stone, a spokesman for the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, there is no evidence that the two were involved in smuggling drugs into the Allen County Jail.

Federal officials say the drugs that were smuggled by Parker and Jones were man-made and commonly known as “Spice” also known as synthetic cannabis or 5-fluro ADB.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse says spice can be sprayed on dried plant material so that it looks like marijuana or it can come in liquid form for vaporizing.

Fort Wayne Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit Captain Kevin Hunter says that 5-fluro ADB is a “Very potent form of spice.”  This type if spice causes many people who overdose to have to be put on ventilators.

According to court documents, Jones and Parker both face up to 20 years in prison with up to $1 million in fines.




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