Wichita restaurant owner charged with drug trafficking, money laundering

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

Wichita, Kan. -- A Wichita restaurant owner has been indicted on 23 felony charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Wichita says the indictment was handed down Wednesday by a grand jury against 58-year-old Gerald Beasley. Beasley was arrested back in July at a his home in Andover on firearms charges.

He is accused in the indictment of using his restaurant, Tiara's Place, near 13th and Hillside in Wichita to traffic heroin and cocaine as well as to launder money. He is also accused of bank fraud, writing counterfeit checks and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The government will also be seeking forfeiture of twenty properties in Wichita and Andover, owned by Beasley.

The case was investigated by 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.

A copy of the indictment is attached to this story.

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