ALE's investigation into Leland restaurant complete after three drug arrests

ALE's investigation into Leland restaurant complete after three drug arrests
Andrew Bernard McNeil (Source: BCSO)
Andrew Bernard McNeil (Source: BCSO)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - An investigation into a Brunswick County restaurant with three different drug cases is complete.

According to Special Agent in Charge David Hales, the Alcohol Law Enforcement's investigation into Eddie Romaine's is finished. Hales said the ABC Commission is now investigating the restaurant and will decide its next steps.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, the Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Andrew Bernard NcNeil, 29, for selling and delivering cocaine in February.

McNeil's arrest stems from an incident that occurred in December 2014 at Eddie Romanelli's in Leland, where he was employed.

His arrest was the third incident that occurred at Eddie Romaine's in the past few months. In January, Jordan Lean Howard was arrested for selling marijuana out of the restaurant. A few weeks later, Cassandra Anna Redondo was arrested for possession of marijuana, allegedly smoking pot during her work break.

Restaurant's response

Romanelli's officials were asked if they were doing anything to prevent these incidents, and how or if these employees were being dealt with.

Signature Restaurant Brand Manager Mindy Stroupe said all of the employees who were arrested have since been fired. Stroupe also said that her company was shocked and concerned about the recent arrests.

“We will cooperate with the police to the fullest extent," Stroupe noted. “HR met with management and employees to review our drug policy and reiterated a zero tolerance for any illegal activity at our restaurants.”

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is handling these cases. Sheriff Office officials said these arrests were made from tips from the community. They also say they are not and have not investigated Eddie Romanelli's, only specific individuals who work there.

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