Marijuana ring busted at Burger King drive-through in New Hampshire

02-09-2017 Posted in cannabis use disorder, Marijuana, Substance Abuse

As the light clears the dark clouds looming over Rockingham County, Jeremy (name changed), a 45-year-old backpacker, scans the surroundings for signs of a Burger King outlet.

On spotting one in the distance, he heads straight to the outlet and pulls up to the speakers at the drive-through window and asks for “nasty boy.” At once, the assistant on the other side answers in confirmation. “Extra crispy French fries please,” says an impatient Jeremy sitting inside his car. The Burger King employee returns with a pack of French fries and a coffee cup. After making the payment, a smiling Jeremy zooms away in his car. He’s got what he wanted.

In fact, this particular drive-through was becoming popular with pot enthusiasts anywhere in the vicinity of NH 125. Procuring the drug at this Burger King joint was a simple affair. Customers had to verify if the person behind the speaker was “nasty boy,” which was the nickname of Garrett Norris, an employee. If Norris was on duty, the customers would then order “extra crispy French fries,” which was the code for a marijuana sale in addition to other food order. Cash payments were made through the drive-through window and the pot hidden in a separate coffee cup would be delivered through the drive-through window with the customer’s food.

However, in late January this year, after receiving numerous tip-offs about a possible marijuana ring, the Epping Police Department, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, and the Rockingham County Attorney jointly conducted a sting operation to bust the ring and nab the culprits.

20-year-old employee Garrett Norris and 19-year-old shift manager Meagan Dearborn, both from Raymond, were arrested after an undercover cop went to the drive-through and made a purchase. “This is the first time our department has ever made an arrest in such a case,” said Chief Michael Wallace, Epping Police Department.

Marijuana is not safe as many perceive it to be

Despite the drug wars waged by Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, the cannabis plant somehow seems to be winning the race. Nevertheless, more than a third of Americans have admitted trying the drug and more than half the U.S. states have decriminalized its use for medical reasons.

Despite the wide acceptance of marijuana in many circles, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved the medicinal value of marijuana. It continues to be categorized as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act because of its high potential for abuse. As per the FDA, so far, pharmacologists have not conducted extensive clinical trials to determine the medicinal value of marijuana which could outweigh the possible health-risks.

Studies have revealed the presence of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a neurotoxin, in marijuana. Frequent use can lead to abuse and addiction, when the individual is unable to discontinue its use in spite of the negative impact that it has on his or her life.

Leading an addiction-free life

Marijuana is highly addictive and you need proper medical assistance to become free from its clutches. Help from a recognized drug addiction treatment clinic can be really beneficial in kicking the addiction forever.

If you or your loved one is addicted to marijuana, contact the Drug Addiction Helpline. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-403-5607 to know about the best inpatient drug abuse treatment centers in your vicinity. You can also chat with our certified representatives who can guide you to the most effective recovery programs at our reliable outpatient drug abuse treatment centers.

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