NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Authorities in New York say they busted a premium door-to-door cocaine business with sales all over Manhattan, including the Financial District and Midtown. They say that many deals took place in the aisles of pharmacies like Duane Reed and CVS.
Three defendants are accused of selling $75,000 worth of the drug in the last year by making deliveries using car services.
Eighteen alleged customers were also indicted. Among them are a Chipotle executive, a Merrill Lynch banker, and a Fox News business producer (Fox Business and Fox5NY.com are both owned by 21st Century Fox).
The Chipotle executive has been identified as Mark Crumpacker, the company's chief creative and development officer.
Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told the Wall Street Journal that the company placed Mr. Crumpacker on administrative leave. “We made this decision in order to remain focused on the operation of our business, and to allow Mark to focus on these personal matters. Mark’s responsibilities have been assigned to other senior managers in his absence,” he told the paper.
The Manhattan DA and the NYPD also announced the arrest of 37 people they say are members of rival gangs in Harlem. They are charged with murder, 14 shootings, gun trafficking and assaults. That bust is linked to the death of Detective Randolph Holder.
Investigators say several suspects arrested in Harlem ambushed Tyrone Howard last October moments before Howard shot and killed the 5-year veteran of the NYPD.