Report: Deputy Was Served Contaminated Burritos At Taco Bell Drive-Thru

A Lee County Sheriff's detective was served burritos contaminated by something that smelled like bleach at a Taco Bell.

Lehigh Acres, FL – A law enforcement officer was served a burrito contaminated with something that smelled like bleach at a Taco Bell restaurant in Lehigh Acres on Sunday.

Lee County Sheriff’s Detective David Brown stopped at the drive-thru of the Taco Bell located 2714 Lee Boulevard to pick up a meal while he was on duty on Sept. 23.

Det. Brown bought four burritos, and began eating them as he drove to a call for service, WFTX reported.

He said he was shocked when he found that two of the burritos had a foul taste.

Det. Brown looked more closely at the food and the paper bag they came in and discovered the smell of bleach.

At that point, the detective, who has been a member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years, said his tongue began to feel “numb and tingly.”

He then reported the incident to the sheriff’s department.

Caitlyn Mumma, the public information officer for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, told Blue Lives Matter that Det. Brown was doing “okay.”

“It’s an active investigation right now and we cannot comment any further,” Mumma said.

“We take food safety very seriously and are deeply appreciative of the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country,” Taco Bell said in a statement to WFTX. “The franchisee that owns and operates this Lehigh Acres restaurant is investigating this matter.”

Blue Lives Matter tried to contact the Taco Bell franchise where the food tampering occurred for comment, but they were not answering their telephone on Wednesday afternoon.

As more incidents involving contaminated food served to officers have taken place all over the United States, law enforcement experts are advising officers not to use drive-thru lanes at fast food restaurants.

“If you can’t see your food being prepared, don’t purchase food while you’re on duty and in uniform. Or bring your food from home,” suggested retired Metro Transit Police Captain William Malone.

Malone said officers should park and go inside establishments to order their food, and whenever possible, watch while they’re making it.

“You have no idea how the guy behind that drive-thru speaker feels about law enforcement officers,” he warned. “But you do not want to be the recipient of something that they make up especially for the police.”

Comments (89)
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JBo
JBo

When an incident like this occurs, the investigation should include lab results followed by charges for Attempt Murder. Let these little criminals serve some serious time.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Eat where you can watch them prepare your food, or bring your own lunch.

CopSpeak
CopSpeak

We're all familiar with the race card. But few realize there's another card that's played a lot more often; The Badge Card.

The Badge Card is played anytime a law enforcement officer is implicated in a crime. You know, like these Spades that someone always seems to post when an officer is charged with DWI; "They're under a lot of stress" and "You would drink too if you had to do their jobs", and, my personal favorite, "Is this all the media has to report on? How about off duty cop spanks his child?"

Or when a cop is charged with a crime in which they benefited financially, it never fails that someone will post this Diamond "They should pay us more, then he wouldn't have had to do this".

Sometimes the Badge Card is played to intimidate, slander, and even threaten those who expect accountability from law enforcement, like the ever popular "You're a cop hater" and "Only a criminal would make a comment like that". And on a recent article about creating a civilian police review board, this little Ace was left by someone purporting to be an officer "Go ahead and create a more hostile environment for police officers that make arrests and keep this city safe. Soon you find police officers that don't want to work and the criminals will take over the city.Those that make war against the police better be prepared to make friends with the criminals."

Then there are the most ominous Badge Cards of them all, the "I was in fear for my life" and "He was reaching for his waistband" cards. These Jokers are dropped in place of the throw-down guns that were once a part of the Official Police Officers Duty Belt. Rarely played when there's video to contradict, and always dealt from the bottom of the deck, these cards allow local cops to kill at will, and to trump prosecution by the DA's office.

As we've just seen, the Badge Card comes in different suits. Deciding which to play depends on whether the dealer wishes to minimize their own criminal conduct, justify it entirely, extort higher pay, or simply bully us into silence. So, next time you're stopped by a member of local law enforcement, ante up, cut the cards, and prepare to take your chances with a loaded deck.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sounds quite possible that someone was assigned to clean stuff with bleach and also prepare food and didn't rinse her hands well enough. Not good, but there doesn't seem to be enough here that this was an expression of animosity to police officers.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn
  1. he bought 4 burritos. from Taco Bell.
  2. he horked 2 whole burritos, probably without breathing, before he discovered an alleged bleach taste.
  3. those employees should be more careful with their duties. Honest mistake, but it doesn't sound like malice.
  4. my guess is this guy is 300+ pounds
THEDUKE
THEDUKE

LowEST IQ said "sure it can be an honest mistake. someone didn't rinse out the cheese vat well enough, and the cheese tasted like bleach due to poor rinsing. Easy accident"

Thank you Low for your analysis. We can all appreciate this missing crucial input! To explain - After researching the problem it is Low's conjecture that it is all due to an improper cheese rinse. So simple, yet so brilliant. This information which Low has provided is based upon his own in depth expertise. Low now has over 15 yrs of experience working as a Sr. Advanced Master Deep Fryer at Burger DcKing. Before you doubt realize Low has gone through a lengthy company sponsored training program and has > 4 < certifications under his belt in the advanced field of deep frying. In addition he has been promoted to a position of Corporate Trainer / Deep Frying. Plans for LowEST IQ 's future include somewhere someday eventually beginning and studying for his Associates degree to become a Rocket Surgeon. His Mother and his fat aunts also assured us all that "he has a bright future ahead of him." With that heart felt recommendation how can anyone doubt? You must now see there is just no stopping this promising young mind and it took a well trained professional to show us the way. Give thanks and be grateful that he allows us all to stay in "his country".

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 you're the epitome of the demographic that many of us are waiting with bated breath for you leave this mortal coil. Your thought process is archaic, and you're holding the country back. Since I can't kick you out of my country, I'll just continually pray for your slow, painful demise.

Prot44
Prot44

Yeah, remember the last time a cop claimed someone put dirt in his burger King burger and it turned out to be a lie?

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

SHUT DOWN THE DAMN TACO BELL WHERE THIS OCCURRED. ANYONE THAT WOULD DO THIS TO OUR HERO'S IN BLUE NEED TO BE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS AND THE EMPLOYEE FIRED, I AM SURE THAT THEY HAVE CAMERA'S.

Hannibal
Hannibal

I hope they get everything that is coming to them.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I am becoming concerned about these articles. I hear too many stories and they can’t all be made up. So I am thinking that I may stop eating at these places and know that my food is not contaminated. So attention all fast food and restaurants make it a crime for this to happen and do not let these creeps received any benefits or help. Maybe if the gravy train quits running they will think twice before they do it again

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

@LEO0301 you're the guy I aspire to be like. I'm very sorry for all the foolish childish immature and inexperienced things I have said on this site. I realize I have never been in real danger, and don't even work with other people since I work from the safety of my home, thanks to the police.

tfort
tfort

Anyone who eats 4 burritos from Taco Bell deserves anything that happens to them.

They should be investigating this cops health and not Taco Bell.

angeleyes
angeleyes

it's taco bell, anything and everything can happen to anyone eating there. Being sick as a dog is normal eating there.

GMMiller
GMMiller

Just another reason to replace these idiots with robots.

61mouse
61mouse

Sounds like they are making excuses for the assholes doing this .

rdgasaway
rdgasaway

I had a fellow officer that had his nachos spit in at a Taco Bell. He sued the restaurant and won a settlement. Police officers should not eat at these places when they are in uniform. A lot of the people that work at these places have been arrested and do not like police officers.