America Runs on Dunkin’… And Meth?

By Keri Blakinger 11/13/17

The fast food employee is accused of selling heroin and meth in the parking lot of the popular donut chain.

Dunkin Donuts store front

A Dunkin’ Donuts worker has been charged with peddling dope and speed out of a Pennsylvania coffee shop, according to Penn Live

Nathan Wade Pizzardi was hit with two felony charges for allegedly slinging drugs during work hours, sometimes wearing his drive-thru headset and uniform when he ran out to meet customers in the parking of the Lancaster County Dunkin’ on North Reading Road. 

Detectives say they spotted the 35-year-old making a meth deal in the lot on Aug. 24, then making a heroin deal at a nearby Turkey Hill convenience store on Sept. 12. Following his arrest, Pizzardi was held in the Lancaster County prison on $80,000 bail.

In other food chain drug bust news, five accused heroin dealers in Oklahoma are behind bars following a special FBI operation dubbed “Operation: Papa Juan’s,” according to Fox affiliate KOKI-TV. The seemingly offensive investigation name alludes to claims that the alleged drug-slingers were using a distribution network designed to mirror a pizza delivery chain. 

One person would play dispatcher, taking calls and directing customers to certain spots to meet up with delivery drivers who’d show up in half an hour, ready with heroin priced at $100 per 1-gram balloon, according to KTUL. When feds raided the alleged drug ring’s room at a Quality Inn motel, they recovered 4 kilograms of heroin, $1,200 of cash, eight cell phones and a motley assortment of drug paraphernalia. 

Now, Martin Estaban-Flores, Wilber Ramirez, Antonio Mauro Inda-Ibarra, Richard Desantiago Garcia and Angel Verdin Martinez are all in custody and facing charges for heroin conspiracy, possession and distribution.

According to the indictment, Estaban-Flores usually worked as the group’s dispatcher, while Inda-Ibarra was one of the cadre of delivery drivers. But unfortunately for the Tulsa-based crew, Inda-Ibarra allegedly sold smack to an undercover cop, according to court filings.

"Heroin and illegal opiate drugs are poisoning our local communities," U.S. Attorney R. Trent Shores said in a press release. "The United States Attorney's Office stands ready to work with federal, state, local, and tribal partners to aggressively prosecute those who would seek to profit from the trafficking of heroin."

The arrests were the culmination of a two-year investigation launched in 2015 with help from the FBI, DEA, Broken Arrow Police Department and Tulsa Police Department.

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.