Two officers of the Isleta Pueblo tribal police are suing Burger King Corp., claiming they were served marijuana-topped burgers in a Los Lunas, N.M., store. According to the civil suit filed on Friday in Bernalillo County, the plaintiffs are seeking punitive and compensatory damages for personal injury, negligence, battery, and violation of fair practices.
Officers Mark Landavazo and Henry Gabaldon were allegedly served the laced meals on October 8. The policemen were in uniform at the time and drove their marked patrol car to the drive-through window. The men apparently ate half of their burgers before realizing that something was amiss. A field test confirmed the presence of marijuana, after which the officers went to the hospital for a medical exam.
In a statement, the policemenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attorney, Sam Bregman, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It gives a whole new meaning to the word Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhopper.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ The idea that these hoodlums would put marijuana into a hamburger and therefore attempt to impair law enforcement officers trying to do their jobs is outrageousÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. God forbid these officers didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t realize their burgers were laced with pot and then were called to a violent situation where theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to draw their firearms. Their lives were placed in danger because of these idiots and Burger King.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Three Burger King employees have been indicted and charged with possession of marijuana and aggravated battery on an officer.