Jeffery David Salazar (Española Police Dept.)

Jeffery David Salazar (Española Police Dept.)

A 54-year-old cook at a Sonic Drive-in in New Mexico was arrested last week after a customer allegedly bit into a hot dog ordered from the fast food restaurant and found herself with about $100 worth of unwanted cocaine in her mouth. Jeffery David Salazar was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, authorities announced.

According to a press release from the City of Española Police Department, the female customer on Tuesday, May 30 ordered a “Coney,” a hot dog topped with chili and melted cheese, from a Sonic restaurant located in the 800 block of South Riverside Drive, about 100 miles northeast of Albuquerque. Police say the customer then found a bag of “illegal narcotics” in her food and contacted authorities.

A “field test” conducted on the bag came back positive for about one gram of cocaine, which police say was “inadvertently placed by Mr. Salazar during the time he was preparing food while employed at this location.” Authorities said the arrest addressed a “significant potential threat” to the community.

Court documents obtained by Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT-TV provided additional information regarding Salazar’s arrest.

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