Drug Ring Sentence

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The leader of a drug trafficking ring that brought heroin to Minnesota and North Dakota Indian reservations has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Thirty-nine-year-old Omar Beasley was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Minneapolis. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and other opioids.

According to his plea agreement, from 2014 to 2015, Beasley and others brought heroin from Midwest cities like Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis to the Red Lake and White Earth reservations in Minnesota and to Native American communities in North Dakota.

Drug Enforcement Administration Supervisory Special Agent Kent Bailey says in a news release that communities will be safer with Beasley behind bars. A total of 41 people were charged in this case. One is at large; the rest have pleaded guilty.

DEA Supervisory Special Agent Kent Bailey said: “This defendant is a career criminal who preyed on the citizens of Minnesota and the surrounding area with complete disregard for the community’s health and welfare. Our communities will be much safer with him behind bars for a long period of time.”

Red Lake Police Department’s Public Safety Director William Brunelle said: “The successful cooperation and outstanding partnership of both tribal and federal agencies has clearly demonstrated a precise and orchestrated strike against drug dealers in Indian Country. Today’s sentence sends a strong message that tribal lands are no place to sell your drugs.”

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