Two convictions in 'huge' Rochester heroin bust

Antonio Beasley

Police said it was one of the biggest in city history.

Posted: Apr. 20, 2018 4:23 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The man at the heart of one of the biggest heroin busts in city history has been found guilty.

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Antonio Terrell Beasley, 36 of Bayport, and Tara Lee Mitchell, 34 of Rochester, were arrested on June 14, 2017. Rochester police described Beasley as a “significant dealer” who had just returned after picking up heroin out of the state and was caught with 215 grams of the drug after a traffic stop. Mitchell was picked up later with five grams of heroin on her.

Beasley pleaded not guilty. His trial began on March 11 and concluded Friday following a guilty verdict on three felony drug charges: 1st degree aggravated controlled substance crime, importing a controlled substance across state borders, and failure to have a drug tax stamp. He was found not guilty on a second count of importing a controlled substance across state borders. No sentencing date has been set.

Mitchell previous pleaded guilty to 3rd degree drug possession and was given 10 years of probation.

Tara Mitchell

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