Chipotle just can't seem to dig itself out of the hole it's been stuck in. After a year of battling E. Coli and noroviruses scandals—and then giving out free burritos and guacamole to offset the bad press—the burrito chain still hasn't been able to fully regain its footing as the fast-food giant it once was. Now, to make matters even worse, this week Mark Crumpacker, the company's Chief Marketing Officer, was reportedly indicted in connection to a massive cocaine bust in New York City.
According to Business Insider, Crumpacker, who earned roughly $4.3 million last year, was one of 18 people classified as "repeat customers" of a drug organization that delivered coke throughout Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. It remains unclear how the arrests were made, but in addition to the 18 customers, three men—Kenny Hernandez, 35, Felix Nunez, 27, and Oscar Almonte, 29—were arrested for operating the Lower East Side-based drug ring.
The dealers ran a delivery service that would traffic coke by car service, meeting customers at bodegas, drug stores, and offices. The men are accused of selling $75,000 worth of blow over the course of 2016 alone, and ach transaction reportedly cost customers between $200 and $300.
And while Crumpacker's name was redacted from court documents, it didn't stop the information from reaching the public. Chipotle, who has put the CMO on leave, confirmed the news in a statement to Business Insider on Thursday.
"At the moment, we know very little about these charges," the statement reads. "Due to the nature of the situation, Mark has been placed 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."
This executive's misstep comes close on the heels of other alleged misconduct. Last month, multiple Chipotle executives, including Crumpacker, were accused of insider trading, allegedly dumping stock directly before the E. coli outbreak went public.
There's no news on if Crumpacker will face jail time—or when he will return to his duties at Chipotle—but chances are he won't be buying any blow at a Duane Reade or CVS anytime soon.
[via Business Insider]