The Skiatook Police Department said a fast-food restaurant employee in Oklahoma has been arrested after a customer found a small amount of drugs in their order. A crystalline substance inside the bag has been field-tested positive for methamphetamine, according to a police post on Facebook.
Officers went to the restaurant to speak with staff and eventually arrested Brice Francis for allegedly distributing a controlled substance 2,000 feet from a school and possessing a controlled substance. They noted that Francis was arrested but not convicted on these charges.
Management urged people to be diligent when ordering food. “When you go out to eat, please check the food, especially before eating it or handing it to a child. If you come across anything like what is described in this incident, please contact us immediately,” they said on Facebook.
They added a note to whoever was supposed to receive the order: “He’s waiting for you at the Skiatook Police Department. Just swing!”
Methamphetamine, or methamphetamine, is “a powerful addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). “Crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like shards of glass or shiny, bluish-white rock.” It can be smoked, inhaled, swallowed in tablet form, or injected.
Since 2014, the number of deaths in the United States from psychostimulants — mainly methamphetamine — has increased dramatically each year, with 23,837 deaths in 2020, according to the NIDA.
Under Oklahoma law, methamphetamine is a Schedule 2 drug and possession of trace amounts or a hangover can result in arrest. Possession is a misdemeanor in the state and can be punished with a maximum fine of $1,000 and no more than one year in prison. Distribution or possession with intent to distribute can result in a more severe penalty, two years in life imprisonment and a maximum fine of up to $20,000.