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Man accused of dealing drugs in front of police, 2 arrested

Two men are facing charges after police said they made a drug transaction in full view of a marked police car at a Kentucky McDonald’s restaurant, according to multiple reports.

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A pair of officers watched Tuesday from inside a police car in line at the McDonald’s drive-thru when 26-year-old Jesse Fields, the restaurant’s manager, walked in front of their car, WTVQ reported. Authorities said Fields handed what appeared to be a pill to a man on a bicycle, identified as Derrick Chadwell, 36.

“I was like, is this real? They did a transaction right in front of them,” Assistant Police Chief Patrick Robinson told WYMT. “It was right in front of their vehicle, there weren’t any other vehicles in front of them.”

Chadwell threw the pill, which turned out to be hydrocodone, to the ground when officers approached them, WTVQ reported. Robinson told WYMT that Fields told officers he was giving Chadwell something for pain after the older man complained about hurting.

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Police arrested Fields and Chadwell on charges of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. Jail records showed Fields was also charged with possession of marijuana. Both men remained jailed Wednesday.

In a statement to WYMT, McDonald’s management said the restaurant is cooperating with authorities.

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