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'Crispy fries' guy sentenced to year in jail on pot charges

Union Leader Correspondent

February 09. 2018 5:56PM


BRENTWOOD — A prosecutor says the case of a former Epping Burger King worker accused of selling marijuana at the drive-thru under the code “extra crispy” became a joke in the community, but a judge wasn’t laughing when he sentenced Garrett Norris to a year in jail.

Norris, 22, of Raymond, pleaded guilty Friday to possessing marijuana, a misdemeanor, as part of a plea deal and will have to spend a year in the Rockingham County jail and pay a $500 fine.

“You don’t have a record as I understand it. This is a serious setback for you,” Rockingham County Superior Court Judge David Anderson told Norris, adding that he was “operating a drug sale operation out of a retail establishment, which is problematic for a bunch of reasons.”

Norris was indicted last year on one count each of possession with intent to dispense and sale of a controlled drug, but those charges were dropped under the plea agreement.

Assistant County Attorney Ryan Ollis said the investigation into Norris began after police learned from two females on Jan. 20, 2017 that he was selling drugs and using drugs at Burger King. They provided a caption from Snapchat that said, “Ask for Nasty Boy extra crispy,” and showed an individual holding a bag of fries and what appeared to be a bag of marijuana.

Police then set up a bust at the restaurant with an individual who went through the drive-thru, asked for “Nasty Boy,” and then purchased marijuana from Norris, Ollis said.

Ollis told the judge how the case attracted extensive media coverage at the time.

“It became kind of a joke in the entire community,” Ollis said.

He added that police received reports of GoFundMe page allegedly created by Norris that used #ExtraCrispy.

He said police also received reports from others associated with Norris who claimed he told them that he “would not be going to jail at all.”

Defense lawyer Kevin Sharkey said Norris wanted to accept responsibility for his actions.

“That’s what he did today by pleading guilty and he understands it’s a serious offense. That’s why he accepted a plea that involves 12 months in the House of Corrections,” he said.

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