11-year-old finds ecstasy pill in brother's Sonic Drive-in meal, three employees arrested
The parents grew suspicious as soon as they saw the pill and took the meal straight to the local police station.
Three employees of a Texas Sonic Drive-in outlet were arrested after an 11-year-old girl found an ecstasy pill in her younger brother's meal, according to a report by People.
Local TV station KTRK reported that the pill was found by the elder sister while she was unwrapping her 4-year-old brother's hamburger, Taylor Police Chief Henry Fluck said at a news conference on Friday.
“Being an 11-year-old, she asked her parents if this was candy,” Fluck said, according to the station.
In a police statement obtained by People, Taylor police said that the parents grew suspicious upon the shocking discovery and brought both the meal and the pill straight to the local police station.
According to authorities, a field test on the substance revealed that it was MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Officers headed to the restaurant shortly after and arrested manager Tanisha Dancer, 30, and two other employees -- Jonathan Roberson, 35, and Jose Molina, 22, on a number of charges.
The police statement also states that Dancer was initially arrested on an outstanding felony larceny warrant from Guadalupe County. She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after being found to be in possession of three ecstasy pills while being searched at the Williamson County Jail.
According to local station KXAN, the pills found by authorities during the search were markedly similar to the one found in the boy's hamburger wrapper. Police later informed that Dancer has been fired from her job after she was charged with endangering a child and delivering a controlled substance.
Online jail records show that Roberson was arrested on four outstanding warrants, including accusations of theft, marijuana possession, and driving without a license.
While Molina was arrested on an accusation of possession of marijuana, authorities said. It is yet to be understood whether the trio has retained attorneys who can speak on their behalf or have entered plea deals.
A Sonic spokesperson responded to People's request for comment and said the store was "owned and operated by an independent franchisee."
“The franchisee takes guest safety and food safety very seriously. Local police are investigating this incident, and the franchisee is cooperating with police in their investigation,” the company said.
“Each franchise organization is an independent employer and thus responsible for its own employment-related policies, practices, and decisions. The franchisee has terminated three employees in connection with this incident.”
According to jail records, Dancer is being held at the Williamson County Jail on a $37,500 bond and on an additional $2,500 bond for her outstanding larceny charge. Roberson remains held on a $29,000 bond, while Molina was released on a $1,500 bond.