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City Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to drug charges for his alleged role in a local drug trafficking ring.

Charlie Beardsley, 53, entered the plea to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer.

Between December 2018 and Oct. 27, 2020, Beardsley was found to be an alleged associate in a drug trafficking ring led by his nephew, Rocco Beardsley. The drug ring included the sale of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, cocaine, and hydrocodone in the Jamestown area.

Beardsley reportedly distributed methamphetamine to Rocco Beardsley’s customers. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Rocco Beardsley stored, distributed, and manufactured methamphetamine, heroin/fentanyl, and other controlled substances at a Newland Avenue resident in Jamestown.

On Jan. 21 and Feb. 11, 2020, an individual working with investigators purchased crystal methamphetamine from Rocco Beardsley at the home.

Charges remain pending against Rocco Beardsley.

Beardsley faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.

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