Toddler served ecstasy pill in a burger at Texas Sonic Drive-in

Police have arrested three Sonic employees as part of their investigation

Sarah Harvard
New York
Monday 10 December 2018 21:28 GMT
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Toddler served Ecstasy pill in a burger at Texas Sonic Drive-in

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Three people have been arrested after a child was served an ecstasy pill in her burger at a Sonic Drive-in, a popular American fast food chain, about 30 miles northeast of Austin, Texas.

On Thursday, a family ordered their meals at the Sonic. After receiving their order, their 11-year-old daughter unwrapped her four-year-old brother’s burger and found a pill.

The daughter had initially mistaken the pill for candy, but the parents were sceptical. Soon after, the family went to the Taylor Police Department to turn in the pill, where the officers determined it to be ecstasy from a field test.

“[The girl] actually asked her parents, ‘Is this candy?’” Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck told a local NBC affiliate. “Of course when they came to the police department, they were very upset, and we understand why.”

The authorities went to the fast food establishment to investigate the incident and arrested three Sonic employees.

The police arrested restaurant Tanisha Dancer, and employees Jose Molina and Jonathan Roberson. Ms Dancer was taken into custody for a felony theft warrant from Guadalupe County. After she was placed in Williamson County Jail, a female correction officer found three ecstasy pills hidden in Ms Dancer’s clothing. Mr Molina was arrested for being in possession of marijuana. Mr Roberson was also taken into custody for four warrants from Travis and Brown Counties, which include theft by check, driving with an invalid license and bond forfeiture.

The Taylor Police Department said it notified the Texas Department of Health, the owner of the local food chain, and Sonic’s corporate office. The police reported that Ms Dancer has been fired.

It also said it has no reason to believe there is a health or safety risk to Sonic patrons since the arrests.

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The investigation is still ongoing and any .additional charges to Ms Dancer, Mr Molina and Mr Roberson are still pending.

Under Texas law, those in possession of less than one gram of ecstasy usually face state felony charges that include a maximum of a $10,000 fine and two years in jail.

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