Two charged in spice dealing investigation that began in 2017

More than a year and a half after the investigation began, prosecutors have filed charges against two men accused of running a massive spice dealing operation in Greater Lafayette.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 11:45 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2019 6:56 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- More than a year and a half after the investigation began, prosecutors have filed charges against two men accused of running a massive spice dealing operation in Greater Lafayette.

We first reported on the arrests of Ronald Kirkham and Trevor Calloway in May of 2018, but prosecutors only filed formal charges Wednesday. Online records show the two are not currently in the Tippecanoe County Jail.

Court documents say that a confidential informant worked with police on the case for six months, letting them know when Kirkham received shipments of damiana leaf and the chemicals used to turn it into spice.

It culminated in May 2018 when police found 800 pounds of the leaves in storage unit tied to Calloway. They also arrested Kirkham after a SWAT-assisted search of his home in West Lafayette.

Calloway now faces several drug dealing and possession charges, the most serious being a level two felony.

Kirkham faces similar charges, plus neglect of dependent for taking his 13-year-old daughter to at least one rendezvous related to the drug business.

We left a message with the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's office tonight, asking if new warrants have been issued for Kirkham and Calloway.

As of late Wednesday evening, we have not heard back.

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