Owner of 3 McDonald's accused of drug conspiracy

  • Associated Press
  • October 17, 2013 - 10:25 AM

GLENDALE, Wis. — The owner of three McDonald's restaurants in lakeshore communities north of Milwaukee is accused of using his fast food businesses to launder money from his drug trafficking operation.

Edward Patterson, 38, of Whitefish Bay, is charged with conspiracy to deliver marijuana, money laundering and possession with intent to deliver, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee. Federal investigators said Patterson made three deposits totaling more than $12,000 into the checking accounts of the McDonald's restaurants in Glendale, Fox Point and Mequon.

Five other defendants are named in the indictment and are accused of obtaining large amounts of marijuana from California for distribution in the Milwaukee area.

Numerous residences were used to store, package and prepare the marijuana for distribution, according to the indictment. Patterson also possessed and attempted to distribute a mixture of oxycodone and methadone, the Journal Sentinel ( ) reported.

Drug agents executed 15 search warrants relating to the case and seized drugs, 11 guns and $90,000 in cash, according to the indictment.

The other defendants were charged with conspiracy to deliver or distribute drugs and use of a mail facility to facilitate possession with intent to deliver.

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