According to police, Celine Gonzales found a bag of cocaine on a hot dog she had purchased at a Sonic restaurant in Española, New Mexico. Police verified that the substance in the bag was cocaine, which they said was found after the woman began to eat.
While investigating the cocaine, police arrested 54-year-old employee David Salazar on a felony cocaine possession charge. Footage viewed by police showed Salazar “frantically searching for something he lost” after making Gonzales’ order, police said.
Police said Salazar told them he had bought the cocaine in the restaurant’s parking lot.
“That’s kind of crazy,” a customer told local outlet KOB 4 after learning about the incident. “I just got an ice cream. I hope we’re good.”
“I think that’s pretty scary. We come here to get food for our families, and if a child found that it could have been pretty bad or deadly,” another customer said.
Sonic is not the only fast food restaurant to be making the wrong kind of headlines recently, joining Arby’s after a dead body was found in a walk-in freezer in Louisiana.
The body belonged to 63-year-old Nguyet Le, a manager of an Arby’s restaurant in New Iberia, Louisiana, and the death is believed to have been an accident, according to police.
“A situation like this is unusual, so we’re taking extra precautions during the investigation,” New Iberia Police Captain Leland Laseter said. “[We] pretty much have completed our process at the crime scene. After completely processing the crime scene … this does not seem like a homicide, it seems like an accident.”
Laseter acknowledged that the death did seem “suspicious,” but said police had not yet uncovered any evidence of “foul play.” He added that “nothing is set in stone” and said that they were still waiting for medical examiners to determine the cause of death.
“We’re going to re-examine all the evidence tomorrow and they’re going to conduct an autopsy to give us the cause and manner of death. So there are a few more steps that we need to take before a [final] determination is made,” he said.