Five men ranging in age from 27 to 42 were taken into custody on suspicion of distributing marijuana in the Milwaukee area on Oct. 16. One more man is wanted but hasn't been taken into custody. One of the men is the owner of three McDonald's franchises in Glendale, Fox Point and Mequon. It is alleged he was using the restaurants to launder the money and promote sales. The men face federal drug charges for drug conspiracy and money laundering.
Official reports claim that all six defendants were involved in a trafficking organization that purchased large amounts of marijuana from Northern California. Some of the shipments were allegedly sent through the U.S. mail to addresses in Milwaukee. Records also indicate that some of the men under arrest are managers at McDonald's.
The arrests are the result of a months-long investigation. Fifteen search warrants were issued and 11 guns, $90,000 in cash and several pounds of marijuana were confiscated. Neighbors near the franchise owner's home in Whitefish Bay say that they witnessed DEA agents kicking in the door of house during the early hours of the morning. Agents also raided all three of the McDonald's the man owns. The restaurants are now being operated by the McDonald's Corporation.
Federal drug charges can be a very serious matter. Convictions can lead to long prison terms and high fines. Individuals who face charges on the federal level may wish to allow a criminal law attorney to review the case. An attorney may be able to make recommendations regarding plea deals that may have lesser prison terms or probation. In some cases, it may be possible to have the case dismissed entirely.
Source: FOX 6, "Six federally charged with marijuana distribution connected to McDonald’s", Katie DeLong, Ben Handelman, October 16, 2013