Melbourne businessman convicted on multiple drug charges
A Melbourne businessman was convicted Oct. 4 of multiple drug offenses in Independence County Circuit Court.
William "Skeeter" Beene, 37, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison by Independence County Circuit Court Judge John Dan Kemp.
Kemp also ordered Beene to pay $2,500 in fines and an additional $150 for court costs.
Kemp recommended that Beene be sent to a boot camp for drug offenders when a space becomes available.
Beene was arrested in Independence County July 19, 2004, after officers discovered methamphetamine in his possession.
In addition to his Independence County charges, Beene faces drug charges in Izard and Fulton counties.
Investigator Brian Sanderson with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force said he found ice, a highly concentrated form of methamphetamine, inside Beene's 2003 Harley Davidson pickup truck Sept. 23, 2004. Sanderson said he found the methamphetamines after stopping Beene's vehicle in Salem.
Beene was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class Y felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, a class C felony in connection with the Fulton County stop.
He is slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court Nov. 7 to resolve those charges.
Beene is the owner/operator of Beene's Car Care Center in Melbourne.
Former Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said Beene was a habitual drug user and dealer.
"He's someone we watched for a long time," Russell said.