FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Lee County sheriff’s deputy is facing charges that he conspired to arrest an innocent person on drug charges in exchange for sexual favors and a trip to Paris.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Friday that Deputy Niko Irizarry had been fired and charged with falsifying an official document.
Investigators said Charles Custodio, 37, had a vendetta against the victim and promised Irizarry he would provide the trip and would arrange for the sex if he made the arrest.
Custodio then had a third man, Scott Snider, pose as a real estate agent and plant drugs in the person’s car.
Investigators say Irizarry then performed a traffic stop and arrested the victim on drug charges.