Sonic employees arrested after 11-year-old found ecstasy in kids’ meal

Three Sonic employees were arrested recently after a family found an ecstasy pill wrapped in their kids’ meal.

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Manager Tanisha Dancer, 30, Jose Molina, 22, and Jonathan Roberson, 35, were put under arrest Thursday after an 11-year-old unwrapped a kids’ meal from the Texas location and found a small blue pill inside.

“The 11-year-old daughter was opening the hamburger for her 4-year-old brother. It was a kid’s meal,” police chief Henry Fluck of the Taylor Police Department, told CBS Austin. “When she opened the wrapping, she noticed a pill. Being an 11-year-old, she asked her parents if this was candy.”

The family quickly brought the meal to the police department, which identified the pill as the dangerous drug ecstasy (MDMA). The drug allegedly causes brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin to rise, making people feel giddy, emotional, and elated.

Fluck told CBS Austin that one of the individuals under arrest had an outstanding warrant for violating parole and was carrying three pills of ecstasy, “the same type, the same size, the same markings that were found inside the hamburger wrapping.”

According to a press release from the Taylor Texas Police Department, Dancer was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance. Later, she was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Endangering a Child. Roberson, another Sonic employee, also had four outstanding warrants for theft, driving without a license, failing to appear in court, and bond forfeiture. Molina was arrested for marijuana possession.

“The Taylor Police Department is reviewing this case with the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office and additional charge(s) are pending,” read the press release. “The investigation continues. With these arrests, the Taylor Police Department believes that there is no longer a risk to public safety.”

A Sonic representative sent a statement stating: “On December 6, a foreign substance was found in a hamburger at the referenced SONIC Drive-In, which is owned and operated by an independent franchisee. The substance was discovered and removed. No guests were injured. 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. 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. Any additional questions about this incident should be directed to police as it is SONIC’s policy and practice not to comment on matters that are the subject of ongoing investigations or proceedings.

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