BUFFALO – A Jamestown man was indicted Wednesday on a charge of narcotics conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between December 2018, and April 2020, Rocco A. Beardsley allegedly conspired with others to possess and distribute methamphetamine; acetyl fentanyl; crack cocaine; and fentanyl.
Beardsley was previously convicted in Federal Court in 2007 of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and sentenced to serve 57 months in prison. The defendant is currently on New York State parole following a 2017 conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Narcotic Drug Intent To Sell.
Beardsley was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being detained. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan; the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito.