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Main Line Officers Shut Down Chipotle After Buying Drugs Off Worker

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    Three people were arrested during a marijuana raid at the Chipotle on Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, Pennsylvania. A month-long investigation led Radnor Police to the Chipotle where for the fourth time an undercover narcotics officer bought marijuana from an employee, officials said. NBC10's Denise Nakano has the story.

    (Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017)

    Police on the Main Line shut down a popular Tex-Mex chain restaurant Wednesday after an undercover drug sting.

    Radnor Township police kept the Chipotle at 323 Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, Pennsylvania under surveillance, after learning that employees at the restaurant sold drugs, police Superintendent William Colarulo said.

    Over time, undercover narcotics officers purchased marijuana from Chipotle employees, Colarulo said.

    On Wednesday around noon, police arrested four people after the undercover officers purchased marijuana from a worker in the parking area of the strip mall eatery. Two face felony charges while two others face misdemeanor charges, police said.

    Investigators then found half a pound of pot in one of the suspect’s cars, Colarulo said. A police K-9 also found drug traces in a restaurant restroom. Police later towed the car.

    Police closed the Chipotle until the health department could make sure the eatery is meeting public health standards, investigators said.

    This is the fourth Radnor Township establishment to be shut down due drug sales in the past few years, Colarulo said. A McDonald’s employee was caught selling crack, a Seasons Pizza was caught selling marijuana and two Estia Taverna bartenders were caught selling cocaine. 

    Colarulo stressed police have zero tolerance for drug sales at businesses.