U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday that a Wichita restaurant owner faces numerous charges in federal court, including drug trafficking, firearms violations, bank fraud and money laundering.
Grissom said in a news release that a grand jury in U.S. District Court handed down 23 counts against Gerald Beasley, 58, of Andover. The charges include unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; maintaining a drug involved premise, including his restaurant, Tiara’s Place, 1339 N. Hillside; possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine; conspiracy to commit bank fraud; bank fraud; money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The news release said law enforcement officers served search warrants in June and seized more than $229,000 from bank accounts and $346,000 in cash from homes and a business. The government also is seeking forfeiture of several pieces of property in Wichita and Andover.
Grissom’s office said Beasley also operated a counterfeit check and identity theft operation in the Wichita area and in other states.
Several agencies worked on the case, including the Wichita Police Department; the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Internal Revenue Service, and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.