If you ever find yourself craving a Coke in the McDonald’s at 1600 Bruckner Blvd. in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx in New York, make sure to be very specific with your order.
Because you might receive thousands of dollars worth of cocaine hidden within your meal.
At least, that was the case up until the Wednesday arrest of night shift manager Frank Guerrero, who’d allegedly sold undercover cops $10,900 worth of cocaine in eight separate drug deals on the premises during a three-month investigation dubbed “Operation Off the Menu.”
On one occasion, the 26-year-old Guerrero allegedly hid a bag of cocaine in a sack of cookies, which was then concealed in a McDonald’s order that included two cheeseburgers, a sack of fries, and a soda.
On another, Guerrero stepped away from the stove to meet an undercover officer in the bathroom, where he’d already hid the drugs inside a soap dispenser, according to police. That deal alone included $6,250 worth of cocaine.
In all, the night manager sold about 100 grams of cocaine and some crack to the officers over the three-month period. Surveillance revealed he’d been selling to others as well, mostly in the restaurant’s parking lot.
A search of Guerrero’s home yielded another 200 grams of cocaine and $5,300 hidden inside a dresser in the playroom used by his two-year-old son.
“About six or seven SUVs pulled up, police got out with their shields and their jackets on,” neighbor Joan Gravina said of the search and arrest.
Guerrero’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Leidy Cabral Castillo, was also arrested.
“The conduct was so blatant it would be comical if he weren’t committing a serious narcotics crime,” New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said in a statement.
“Ordering coke took on an entirely different meaning on the night shift at this McDonald’s.”