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Fort Myers correctional officer accused of planning to smuggle drugs into prison

Posted at 9:57 PM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 21:57:36-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A correctional officer is accused of planning to smuggle illegal drugs and cellphones into a prison for an inmate in exchange for $400.

According to the criminal complaint filed, Leslie Spencer worked as a correctional officer at the Charlotte Correctional Institution’s offsite work camp located in Fort Myers.

In March, Spencer agreed to smuggle three ounces of methamphetamine, three ounces of MDMA, a small amount of synthetic marijuana, and two cellphones into the prison and provide it to an inmate in exchange for a payment of $400.

On March 31, shortly before his shift was to begin, Spencer met with an undercover employee of the FBI in the parking lot of a store on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., in Fort Myers. The undercover employee gave Spencer sham drugs, two cellphones, and $400 in cash. Upon leaving the store, Spencer was arrested.

Spencer, 48, of Port Charlotte, is facing charges of attempted possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances.

If convicted, Spencer faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.