Restaurant owner charged with drug trafficking, bank fraud, weapons violations

12/04/2013 4:24 PM

08/08/2014 10:20 AM

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.

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