The night shift manager of a fast food restaurant in the Bronx, New York has been busted for pushing cocaine alongside Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets, according to NBC 4 in New York. Officers with the NYPD and ICE-HSI agents took 26-year-old Frank Guerrero into custody early Wednesday at the 24-hour McDonald’s where he worked. His arrest was the result of a three-month investigation, during which prosecutors say he sold thousands of dollars worth of both powder and crack cocaine.
Police dubbed the investigation “Operation Off the Menu,” according to the New York Post. “The conduct was so blatant it would be comical if he weren’t committing a serious narcotics crime,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan. “Ordering coke took on an entirely different meaning on the night shift at this McDonald’s.”
For eight years Guerrero had worked at the McDonald’s in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Though police didn’t say how long he had been selling drugs out of the location, they say undercover officers purchased over $10,000 worth of cocaine off him in eight separate occasions.
While McDonald’s only allows late night purchases through the drive-through window, they say Guerrero allowed his clientele in the main restaurant, and also made sales in the parking lot. According to police, Guerrero would hide drugs inside soap dispensers in the McDonald’s bathroom and on two occasions packed drugs into a cookie bag before putting into a larger order with burgers, fries and sodas.
Following Guerrero’s arrest, police executed a search warrant on the home he shared with his girlfriend, Leidy Cabral Castillo, and her 2-year-old son in the Pelham section of the Bronx. There they found they found 200 grams of cocaine as well as $5,300 in cash, which was stashed inside a dresser inside the child’s room.
Guerrero and Castillo have both been charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of an illegal substance, criminally using drugs, and unlawfully dealing with a child, according to New York’s PIX 11. NBC 4 reports that Tony Rodriguez, who owns the McDonald’s where the drug sales took place, is cooperating with authorities. In a statement he said, "The actions of this employee are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in my organization."
[Photos: New York Special Narcotics Prosecutor]