Police arrested a McDonald's manager in New York City after they discovered him selling cocaine to customers during his shifts.
Police arrested Frank Guerrero, 26, on Oct. 4 following a three-month long undercover investigation dubbed "Operation Off the Menu," WABC reports. Authorities launched the investigation after receiving a tip about the suspicious activity taking place at a McDonald's in the Bronx.
Police said Guerrero sold eight quantities of the illegal substance to an undercover cop. The suspect sold $10,900 worth of cocaine, including one sale of 100 grams of cocaine and some crack cocaine for $6,520 to an undercover officer.
In one sale, Guerrero concealed the drugs inside of a cookie bag, which he placed inside of a larger order of two cheeseburgers, fries and a soda, authorities said. Five other sales reportedly took place in the fast food restaurant's parking lot, the New York Post reports.
Guerrero reportedly stored the drugs inside the bathroom's soap dispenser until his clients arrived.
“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.”
Guerrero worked at the McDonald's for about eight years before police arrested him near the end of his night shift on Oct. 4. Authorities also used surveillance cameras to find evidence of the manager's illegal drug operation.
A search warrant was conducted on Guerrero's home in the Bronx, where police found 200 grams of cocaine and $5,300 in cash. Police also arrested the suspect's girlfriend Leidy Cabral Castillo, 24, in front of their toddler-aged son at the time of the search. Police found the alleged drug money inside of a dresser in the child's play room, WABC reports.
Guerrero and Castillo face charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully dealing with a child. Guerrero also faces a charge of criminally using drug paraphernalia and numerous counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance. They are expected to be arraigned soon in Manhattan Criminal Court.
The owner of the local McDonald's issued a statement on the arrest, condemning Guerrero's actions and announcing the long-time employee's dismissal.
"The actions of this employee are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in my organization," said owner Tony Rodriguez. "We are cooperating with NYPD investigation and defer all further questions on this matter to them."
Sources: WABC, New York Post / Featured Image: Zhao !/Flickr / Embedded Images: Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York via Daily Mail