Lee sheriff announces arrest of a deputy after plan to plant drugs, frame person

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero Writer: Drew Hill
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Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno held a news conference Friday to announce a major criminal investigation involving one of their deputies.

Sheriff Marceno said Deputy Niko Irizarry has been arrested for felony official misconduct.

In January, the sheriff’s office received information stating that one of Irizarry’s arrests wasn’t lawful. They received a complaint, and internal affairs looked into it.

The plan was foiled due to text messages during an investigation that spanned from Texas to Florida. The messages provided by Irizarry showed that he and Charles Custodio conspired together and the video shows them sitting in a parking lot texting one another about setting the victim up.

They discovered that Irizarry was working with two people to plant narcotics on someone during a traffic stop. Custodio and Scott Snider were helping Irizarry plant drugs. LCSO even says the trio planted drugs in the vehicle of a person on December 16 of last year.

Irizarry, Custodio and Snider worked together to frame that person during a traffic stop. “Once the narcotics were planted, Custodio communicated with Irizarry to provide the victim’s location,” said Sheriff Marceno.

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