Former Charlotte correctional officer guilty of smuggling drugs into prison

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A Fort Myers man has pleaded guilty to smuggling methamphetamine into Charlotte Correctional Institution while he worked there as a corrections officer.

Troy Alexander Cole faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to court documents, Cole was a correctional officer in June of 2021, and on three separate occasions, he agreed to smuggle drugs in exchange for money. He was paid $400, $1,000 and $4,000 for getting the drugs into state-run prison.

On each occasion, he would smuggle the packages containing purported controlled substances and then notify the inmate they were available for retrieval.

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