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Grocery store employee charged with giving coworker bean dip laced with meth

2019-09-29

An Oregon grocery store employee was arrested for allegedly feeding coworkers bean dip spiked with drugs.

Cassandra Medina-Hernandez, who works in the deli of the Jefferson Thriftway grocery store in Jefferson (about 60 miles from Portland), was arrested earlier this week after allegedly feeding methamphetamine-laced bean dip to at least two co-workers, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Court documents state that one employee was hospitalized after unknowingly consuming the drug, though the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said it has “no reason to believe” the dip was served to any customers.

A different employee told an assistant store manager — who said her daughter was the one hospitalized — that Medina-Hernandez, 38, had purposely spiked the food, along with the other employee who consumed it, according to the documents.

This employee told authorities Medina-Hernandez claimed adding the meth had was unintentional and she didn’t want to get her in trouble, a probable cause affidavit states. Apparently, Medina-Hernandez explained the dip was meant for herself and a different employee than the one who became sick.

Surveillance footage from Sept. 9 shows Medina-Hernandez taking something from her bra, disappearing behind a microwave, crouching and wiping her nose as she rose again, the affidavit states. Medina-Hernandez subsequently moved to a table, retrieved a paper plate on which she put bean dip, the affidavit says, noting the item she’d taken from her bra also looked to be on the plate.

According to the affidavit, she too ate some of the contaminated dip.

Online records show Medina-Hernandez was charged with parole violation, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, and causing a person to ingest controlled substance. According to the affidavit, she said she would turn herself in to authorities in the county where she lives.

Medina-Hernandez’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 9.