Melvin Covington, 47, of Fort Myers, was found guilty as charged of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance and Sale or Delivery of Cocaine within 1,000
ft. of a Place of Worship. The jury returned the guilty verdict following a two-day trial in Lee County.
Covington was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2019 for two drug deals. In one, involving this trial, he set up a drug deal to sell crack cocaine to a confidential informant. Sentencing is scheduled for November 3rd.
In another incident, the defendant arranged a meeting to sell crack cocaine to a Lee County Sheriff’s Detective who was working undercover. A trial was held in July for that drug deal. Covington was sentenced in August to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance and Sale or Delivery of Cocaine within 1,000 ft. of a Place of Worship.
Assistant State Attorney Nicholas Alberto and Assistant State Attorney Marilla Shoemaker prosecuted the case.
Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office