Night Shift Manager at Bronx McDonald’s Charged in Cocaine Sales to Undercover Officer Inside the Franchise
Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced the arrest of FRANK GUERRERO on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child. The arrest was the result of a three-month undercover investigation dubbed “Operation Off the Menu” that involved the sale of cocaine and crack cocaine out of a McDonald’s franchise located at 1600 Bruckner Boulevard in the Soundview section of the Bronx.
Members of the ICE-HSI Border Enforcement Security Taskforce, which includes New York City Police Department (NYPD) detectives and ICE-HSI agents, and investigators from the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) arrested GUERRERO at approximately 5 a.m. this morning inside of the McDonald’s franchise. In the lead-up to the arrest, GUERRERO allegedly made eight sales of cocaine to an undercover officer in increasingly larger quantities, amounting to nearly $10,900 worth of the drug. During the last and largest transaction, GUERRERO sold roughly 100 grams of cocaine and a quantity of crack cocaine to an undercover officer for $6,520.
The investigation revealed that GUERRERO, a night shift manager at the 24-hour McDonald’s franchise for at least eight years, allegedly used his position as a cover for conducting narcotics transactions. Although restaurant customers are only able to order at the drive-through window during the night shift at the 1600 Bruckner Boulevard location, GUERRERO allegedly gave special treatment to his drug customers, unlocking the front door and inviting them into the restaurant.
On two occasions, GUERRERO conducted drug sales to an undercover officer over the restaurant counter. GUERRERO allegedly concealed cocaine within a cookie bag, which he placed inside a larger McDonald’s order containing two cheeseburgers, a soda and fries. Other McDonald’s employees were working at the restaurant at the time.
On September 22, 2017, GUERRERO sold 100 grams of cocaine and a quantity of crack cocaine to the undercover for over $6,520 inside the franchise’s public restroom. GUERRERO retrieved the cocaine from a soap dispenser. The undercover then took a seat at a booth in the dining room, where GUERRERO served the undercover a bag of food.
Earlier that evening, police had observed GUERRERO travelling from his home to the McDonald’s franchise several hours prior to the start of his shift and entering the bathroom. In the five other charged drug transactions, GUERRERO sold cocaine in the vicinity of the McDonald’s parking lot. Police surveillance revealed that GUERRERO met with multiple individuals over the course of a shift for what appeared to be drug transactions.
Early this morning, NYPD officers and SNP investigators arrested GUERRERO at the McDonald’s franchise at 1600 Bruckner Boulevard and conducted a court authorized search of the location. Officers recovered plastic bags identical to those that GUERRERO used to package cocaine from a shelf at the rear of the restaurant.
Police also conducted a court authorized search of GUERRERO’s residence at 3165 Waterbury Avenue in the Pelham section of the Bronx and recovered 200 grams of cocaine and approximately $5,300 cash. The money was found inside a dresser in a child’s play room. A child of approximately two years of age and the child’s mother, LEIDY CABRAL CASTILLO, were present at the residence. CABRAL CASTILLO was placed under arrest on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child. GUERRERO and CABRAL CASTILLO are scheduled to be arraigned this evening in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan thanked Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark, SNP’s Trial Division and Investigators Unit, as well as the New York City Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations for their work on the investigation.
The charges and allegations are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.Download Press Release
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