Charlotte County Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison

Published 3:37 pm Thursday, September 9, 2021

Fort Myers, Florida – Leslie Samuel Spencer (49, Port Charlotte) has pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and MDMA (commonly referred to as “Molly”). He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, Spencer worked as a correctional officer in Fort Myers at the Charlotte Correctional Institution’s offsite work camp. In March 2021, Spencer agreed to smuggle three ounces of methamphetamine, one ounce 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 FBI agent in the parking lot of a retail store located off Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Fort Myers. There, the undercover agent provided Spencer with sham drugs, two cellphones, and $400 in cash. Upon leaving the store, Spencer was arrested.

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This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael V. Leeman.