Do you want meth with it? Because, if you wanted, Wendy's was the place.
Aside from the usual frosties, fries, and hamburgers, the illegal and very addictive drug was an option for customers in a Wendy restaurant in Canton, Georgia, according to the Cherokee district authorities – until this week.
The local drug investigators raided the fast food bar at 2:00 pm on a search warrant, and then arrested four workers, authorities said Friday. The chef, the manager and two other workers are accused of selling small amounts of methamphetamine in the restaurant and on the parking lot.
"Innocent customers were in the restaurant when (agent) drug deals on the parking lot and inside watched the facility," said Phil Price, commander of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, in a statement. "In this case, it was not the amounts of drugs, but the risk to the public that worried us."
The "lengthy" investigation of drug sales revealed that workers had been distributing drugs for weeks in the restaurant, the sheriff's office said  The restaurant was over the raid closed, but after the authorities it was reopened later in the afternoon.
However, it was not easy to reopen: nearly half of the restaurant's employees had been detained, authorities said. 35805451_650982185237660_7003155368259878912_n.jpg "title =" 35805451_650982185237660_7003155368259878912_n.jpg "/>
Kristal Hogan, 32
Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad
The investigation began after another person was arrested and gave the authorities clues as to what was happening in Wendy, reports the Journal Constitution ,
Investigators picked up Wendy's traders by covertly investigating to buy the drugs, investigators said.
"I can tell you that we never bought groceries there," Price said Friday after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 19659002] But four workers did not sell to anyone, authorities said.
"A stranger could not drive in the drive-through and get meth and a hamburger or a frosty," Price told the newspaper. "But sure, if they were familiar with you, you could have bought your food at the same time."
The four arrested workers were 26-year-old Jeffery Justus, 27-year-old Zachary Donley, 32-year-old Kristal Hogan and 36-year-old Amanda McCartney, authorities said.
"The main character was the manager," Price told the Journal Constitution. "There was no one to talk to and they needed a job, which is frustrating because these people were trying to make a living … it's always a good thing to be able to help people who feel helpless. "
Jeffery Justus, 26
Cherokee's Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad
Wendy told FOX 5 on Friday that all involved employees had been fired.
"The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority," Glenn Varner, vice president of operations for Hoover Foods, who heads the restaurant, said in a statement. "We do not tolerate any illegal activity in our restaurants, and we will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies in their investigations."
Donley and Hogan are being fined four times for selling methamphetamine, reports Patch. Hogan, McCartney and Justus are all punished for their possessions.
Price told Constitution magazine that it did not look as if the accused workers had mixed some drug money with money from legitimate food sales.
Canton, the city The arrests were made north of Atlanta.