For decades, Burger King has promoted itself as a fast-food franchise that encourages patrons to “have it your way,” but a pair of employees at one Tennessee restaurant took that slogan to a whole new level when they allegedly engaged in a drug deal while on the job.
On Tuesday, April 7, Mt. Juliet authorities arrested and charged two Burger King employees in connection with a drug deal that undercover officers reportedly witnessed in the parking lot of the business. The individuals arrested were 29-year-old Dennis Caruthers of Old Hickory and Tre Bates, 21 of Mt. Juliet. Police transported Caruthers and Bates to the Wilson County Jail, where Caruthers was booked on charges of simple possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of a schedule II drug for resale, while Bates faces a charge of possession of a schedule VI drug for resale, according to a news release from the Mt. Juliet Police Department. A third person, 24-year-old Mt. Juliet resident Amanda Fajkus, was summoned on charges of simple possession of a schedule II drug and simple possession of a schedule VI drug. Police then released Fajkus from the scene, according to the release.
The trouble for the trio started when a patrol officer observed what he considered suspicious behavior near the restaurant at about 1 p.m. The officer reported what he saw to the department’s crime suppression unit.
Upon their arrival at the scene, undercover officers saw Caruthers, who is a Burger King employee, leave the restaurant and approach a Buick in the parking lot. Caruthers then got in the vehicle on the passenger’s side and met with the driver, who police later identified as Bates. The officers watched as Bates and Caruthers exited the vehicle; Bates entered the restaurant and Caruthers climbed into the passenger’s seat of a Nissan. Fajkus, another Burger King employee, was sitting inside that vehicle.
An officer approached Caruthers and Fajkus to speak with them and detected the smell of marijuana coming from inside the Nissan. When Fajkus exited the vehicle, police say a bag of marijuana and a second bag containing crack dropped out of her work-issued uniform. In Bates’s vehicle, police seized two more bags of pot, and they found more crack and marijuana in Caruthers’ possession.
The bust yielded seven grams of crack, 49 grams of marijuana and $1,032 in cash. Police also seized a 1998 Buick Park Avenue.
Both Caruthers and Bates are scheduled to appear in court on July 28. A court date for Fajkus is set for July 23.