BUFFALO – Seven people are facing charges for allegedly trafficking drugs in Jamestown last year.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo allege Rocco A. Beardsley, Tyler N. Tedesco, Miller Hagga, Kylie M. Reeves, Garland Beardsley, and Austin Gordon, worked together in a drug trafficking ring led by Beardsley from 2018 to 2020.
Police say the ring sold methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, and hydrocodone between December 2018 and October 27. The defendants are also accused of selling the illegal substances to a person under 21 and a pregnant woman.
The illegal organization, prosecutors say, utilized residences at 12 Bishop Street, 631 Newland, 711 Newland, 158 Sampson Street, and 20 W. Cowden Place to manufacture and distribute drugs.
Beardsley is also charged with engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities. All six defendants face up to life in prison if convicted.
In addition, a seventh defendant, Giselle Bennett is charged with obstruction of justice. The indictment states that in October 2019, in testimony before the grand jury, Bennett concealed information regarding the drug use of an individual identified as J.A., the circumstances of J.A. and defendant Bennett’s acquisition of narcotics, and the circumstances surrounding a visit by defendant Rocco Beardsley to J.A.’s residence shared with defendant Bennett. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The defendants were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer. Defendants Rocco Beardsley, Tedesco, Hagga, Reeves, Gordon, and Bennett were detained. Defendant Garland Beardsley was released on conditions.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Field Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.