Drug Dealer Sentenced

Melvin Covington, 47, of Fort Myers, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced this afternoon, to 7 years in prison for one count 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. In September, he was found guilty as charged following a trial in Lee County.

Covington was sentenced in August following a trial for a separate incident with the same charges. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in that case. Today’s sentence will be served consecutively.

Covington was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2019 for two drug deals. In one, he set up a drug deal to sell crack cocaine to a confidential informant.

In another incident, the defendant arranged a meeting to sell crack cocaine to a Lee County Sheriff’s Detective who was working undercover.

Assistant State Attorney Nicholas Alberto and Assistant State Attorney Marilla Shoemaker prosecuted the cases.


Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office