A night shift manager at a McDonald’s location in New York City is behind bars after authorities learned that he was using his fast food gig as a Breaking Bad-style coverup for a crack-and-cocaine dealing operation that was only starting to scale up in traffic.
Frank Guerrero, 26, has worked the graveyard shift at a Bronx McDonald’s for eight years, in which time he has participated in countless drug deals by unlocking side doors for customers and sneaking illicit goods into their bags, New York Daily News reported.
When police got wind of Guerrero’s sneaky operation, undercover officers joined up with federal authorities to figure out exactly how the scheme worked. They made eight large drug purchases “in increasingly larger quantities” before finally securing enough evidence to arrest him on Wednesday.
By watching and interviewing the fast food dealer, they learned that Guerrero sneaked a sizable portion of cocaine inside of a soap dispenser in the restroom before his shift started and would go back and forth to retrieve the goods as customers arrived. In one instance, an undercover cop was given a cookie bag filled with crack alongside two cheeseburgers and an order of fries.
Guerrero was so quiet about his burgeoning drug trade that none of his fellow employees ever realized it was going on – much to the surprise of the authorities who hauled him in.
“Guerrero’s conduct was so blatant, it would be comical if he weren’t committing a serious narcotics crime,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan. “Ordering coke took on an entirely different meaning on the night shift at this McDonald’s.”
Police found 200 grams of cocaine and $5,300 when they raided Guerrero’s home, with the bulk of the funds stashed inside a dresser in his two-year-old son’s playroom. He was arrested alongside his girlfriend, 24-year-old Leidy Cabral Castillo, with the child present in the home at the time.