Gardner was taken into custody after allegedly removing his ankle monitor.
Hernando County Sheriffs Office
A “sexual predator” who allegedly removed his ankle monitor and then overdosed, was taken back into custody just one day after he was released from a more than nine-year prison sentence for lewd and lascivious battery with a victim 12-15 years old, according to the sheriff’s office.
Albert Lee Gardner, 29, was released from his nine-and-a-half-year sentence on July 7 and was arrested on July 8 after authorities found his ankle monitor in a convenience store trash can, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
A probation officer called deputies to the 7-Eleven in Brooksville, Florida, after noticing his GPS tracker had been there for an unusually long time.
Gardner had been given five and a half years of supervised release following his sentence, according to FOX 35.
Deputies then got a call about an overdose at an apartment and found Gardner had taken what his sister called an “unknown narcotic.” He was revived with Narcan.
After being cleared at a hospital, Gardner was booked without bond and charged with violating his probation and tampering with an electronic monitoring device.