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The State Attorney's Office reports that a Hendry County man will serve up to 10 years in prison after selling drugs to a confidential informant in 2019 as a habitual offender and on felony probation
Jeffrey Beard, of Hendry County, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison, with 3 years as a minimum-mandatory prison term, for crimes related to dealing drugs.
The release said Beard sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant from his Hendry County home on Sept. 3, 2019 and two times on Dec. 4, 2019.
All of the sales were within 1,000 feet of a public park.
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On Dec.13, 2019 the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the home and found firearm ammunition, drugs, including cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.
Beard was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public park and had his driver’s license suspended, the release stated.
In his second case, he received 10 years on the same charge.
In his third case, he was sentenced to 10 years for a third count of sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a public park and one count of own, lease or rent of a place with knowledge of trafficking, sale or manufacture of a controlled substance, according to the release.
In his fourth case, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
Beard was on felony probation in Hendry County when he committed the crimes, the release stated. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison for violating his probation.
He will serve the sentences concurrently.
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: LaBelle dealer Jeffrey Beard to serve decade in prison in 2019 case