Former prison guard sentenced in drug smuggling scheme

May 23, 2022 GMT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida state prison guard has been sentenced two years and six months in federal prison for participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility.

Leslie Samuel Spencer, 49, of Port Charlotte, was sentenced Friday in Fort Myers federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty last September to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and MDMA.

According to court documents, Spencer worked as a correctional officer at the Charlotte Correctional Institution’s offsite work camp in Fort Myers. 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 give it to an inmate in exchange for a payment of $400.

Before his shift one day, Spencer met with an undercover FBI agent in a retail parking lot near the prison. The undercover agent gave Spencer fake drugs, two cellphones and the $400 in cash. Spencer was arrested after leaving the area.