Fort Myers Correctional Officer, Leslie Spencer Arrested In Connection With Plan To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison
Fort Myers, FL (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Leslie Spencer (48, Port Charlotte) with attempted possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances. If convicted, Spencer faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
According to the complaint, Spencer worked as a correctional officer at the Charlotte Correctional Institution’s offsite work camp located in Fort Myers. In March 2021, 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, 2021, shortly before his shift was to begin, Spencer met with an undercover employee of the FBI in the parking lot of a retail store located on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Fort Myers. There, the undercover employee provided Spencer with sham drugs, two cellphones, and $400 in cash. Upon leaving the store, Spencer was arrested.
A complaint is merely a charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.