Chipotle exec pleads guilty to cocaine possession

Jan. 6, 2017

Chipotle executive Mark Crumpacker pleaded guilty today to cocaine possession, but his case will be dismissed if he attends treatment for a year, stays off drugs and out of jail.

Crumpacker will also continue in his roles as chief marketing and development officer at Chipotle, the chain's communications director, Chris Arnold, said in an email to FastCasual.

Crumpacker was arrested in July on several counts of misdemeanor cocaine possession stemmingfrom a drug ring allegedly delivering more than $75,000 worth of cocaine over a year. Three men were charged with running the operation, which prosecutors said was based in the Lower East Side in New York.

The indictment claimed meetings between the traffickers and buyers occurred in Duane Reade drugstores, Chinese food restaurants and hotels. Prosecutors said Crumpacker was caught on wiretap 13 times ordering coke to his apartment near Union Square.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Biben asked Crumpacker Friday if he "knowingly and unlawfully" had possession of the drug on Jan. 29, as charged in the second count of his indictment.

Crumpacker replied, "Yes."

Biben told Crumpacker that he must pass regular drug tests, continue treatment and avoid being rearrested to benefit from the plea deal.

"Like Mark, we are pleased to see this issue come to an end and headed for dismissal," Arnold said.

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