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.

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.


Tara Mitchell

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.

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