Customers at an Epping, New Hampshire Burger King who ordered “fries extra crispy” got a very happy meal, but a sting operation also resorted in the false arrest of the manager.
Garrett Norris was living out a real life stoner comedy. Customers interested in purchasing some of his extracurricular condiments would ask inquire for “Nasty Boy”, and if Norris was working that was a signal for him to make the sale of “fries extra crispy”.
Someone please tell me Judd Apatow or Kevin Smith are already working on the film adaptation.
A manager and another employee of a local Burger King are facing drug charges after a police sting for allegedly using the drive-thru to serve a meal with a side of marijuana.
Garrett Norris, 20, and Meagan Dearborn, 19, both of Raymond, were arrested following an undercover operation on Jan. 21 that was planned after authorities heard reports of drugs being sold through the drive-thru window using the code word “fries extra crispy.”
Dearborn, a shift manager who was working at Burger King on Wednesday, denied she knew anything about drugs being sold at the drive-thru.
“I didn’t know what was going on, but since I took the order and gave them the food they charged me,” she told the Union Leader.
Police Chief Michael Wallace has heard other allegations of drug sales at fast food drive-thrus in the past, but said this is the first time his department has ever made an arrest in such a case.
“We don’t know how long it’s been going on,” he said.
The sting was a joint operation conducted by Epping police and the Rockingham County Drug Task Force with assistance from the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.
The sting was organized after police received information in recent weeks about the possibility that other drugs were being sold at the Burger King and posed a health risk, Wallace said.
During the investigation, Wallace said, police learned that buyers would pull up to the drive-thru speaker and ask if “nasty boy” was working. Wallace said “nasty boy” referred to Norris. If he was there, Wallace said, they would order their meal and ask for “fries extra crispy,” which was the code for a marijuana sale.
On the night of the sting, Wallace said a bag of food was sold through the drive-thru along with a coffee cup containing a small amount of marijuana. He said Norris had marijuana stored in his personal belongings at the restaurant.
Money for the marijuana sale was paid at the window, the chief said.
Norris was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.
Dearborn was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled drug. She was also charged with unlawful possession of alcohol. Wallace said police found her with alcohol at the time and she was under age.
Wallace said police believe Dearborn knew about Norris selling the marijuana and assisted, but she claims that’s not true.
“Basically there was an undercover cop that one of my employees sold to and I took the order and I got arrested,” she said, adding that she also didn’t know about the “fries extra crispy” code.
Authorities said the case is unusual because it involved someone inside the restaurant.
“Although I can’t comment on the specifics of this case, I can tell you that in my experience in past cases, the deals are being conducted in the parking lots,” Deputy Rockingham County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said.
A representative from Burger King Corp. did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
Norris and Dearborn were released on personal recognizance bail and are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 28.
While the prohibition of marijuana possession, sales and manufacture is irrational and inhumane, Norris fully understood the risk he was taking. He didn’t deserve to get busted, nobody does, but he was probably willfully responsible for what police claim he was doing. Although I cannot be certain of that, either.
What I can say is there seems to be no clear link between the stores manager, Meagan Dearborn, and the alleged crime of selling weed. She was not found in possession of the cannabis or the cash, and was simply arrested because she was there doing her job.
JUST DOING HER JOB.
Sound familiar? Often for cops, that can be a free criminal pass. But for civilians it can land you in a heap of trouble, even if the cops cannot tie you to a crime directly, apparently.
As if it isn’t bad enough that these brutal enforcers of profane laws are wasting tax payer money setting up sting operations for small time weed dealers and ruining lives as they do it, they don’t even care how many of the innocent are dragged in through their greedy nets.
Mainstream media will be doing what they always do, portraying this as a dumb criminal story and glorifying police. What it really is, is a story about a predatory gang committing turf war violence against peaceful people and innocents. Mainstream media are the Value Menu of information.