Former Wichita restaurant owner sentenced to 9 years for drug trafficking

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A former Wichita restaurant owner has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for drug trafficking.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said 62-year-old Gerald Beasley was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty in August to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

In his plea, Beasley admitted he stored cocaine and other narcotics in a residence in the 2400 block of North Piatt Street. He met with buyers both at the residence and the restaurant, Tiara's Place, at 1339 North Hillside.

He carried a High Standard derringer handgun to protect himself during drug transactions.

Beasley agreed to forfeit his home in Andover, his restaurant, a number of real estate properties, more than $75,000 in cash and bank accounts with a value of more than $75,000, as well as other assets.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed 20 additional counts against Beasley, including drug offenses, bank fraud, program fraud, money laundering, and firearm offenses.  

Co-defendants include:

  • Antoine Beasley, 38, Wichita, who was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison.
  • Gerald Wilson, 46, Wichita, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.
  • Larry Reed, 59, who was sentenced to two years in federal prison.
  • Carlos Beasley, 43, Wichita, who was sentenced to two years on supervised probation.
  • Helen Beasley, 59, Wichita, who was sentenced to two years on supervised probation.
  • Terry Beasley, 64, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Jan. 10.
  • Herbert Jones, 55, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Jan. 8.
  • Stephen Smallwood, 69, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Dec. 6.
  • Brandon Smith, 46, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Dec. 6.


 

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