So we all know Chipotle Restaurants serve Mexican food not coffee. Yet you find yourself addicted to their food even more than your are addicted to the coffee at Starbucks. Ever wondered where that addiction is coming from?
Well, wonder no more.
A senior Chipotle executive has been indicted in relation to an alleged drug-trafficking ring in New York City, the company confirmed to Business Insider.
Chipotle Chief Marketing and Development Officer Mark Crumpacker was one of 18 “repeat customers” charged on Thursday with allegedly buying cocaine from a drug-delivery service that operated out of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
All of the alleged buyers were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to indictment papers obtained by Business Insider.
Many of the defendants’ names were redacted from the documents, including Crumpacker’s.
Crumpacker has been placed on leave, Chipotle told Business Insider in a statement:
“At the moment, we know very little about these charges. Due to the nature of the situation, Mark has been placed on administrative leave. We made this decision in order to remain focused on the operation of our business, and to allow Mark to focus on these personal matters. Mark’s responsibilities have been assigned to other senior managers in his absence.”
The Manhattan district attorney’s office charged three people for allegedly operating the cocaine-trafficking ring: Kenny Hernandez, 35, Felix Nunez, 27, and Oscar Almonte, 29.
They are accused of selling more than $75,000 worth of cocaine over the course of a year, according to the charging documents.
Customers regularly paid between $200 and $300 for the delivery service, and bought the drugs in bodegas, hotels, and Duane Reade convenience stores, according to the indictment papers.
So if you find yourself eating at Chipotle almost everyday, it may not only be the food, it could be what they are putting in the food.