Our homies at SFist might've beat us to posting about the Lol Tun restaurant drug bust but we have, like, pictures of the drugs and quotes from the cops, and stuff. Smoke that gun, Joe. -d2
Crack Chorizo and Meth Menudo, Right Here in S.F.
By JOE ESKENAZI
In a move that practically screams for a joke about Mexican Coke, the owner and chef of a San Francisco taqueria were busted last week for doling out large quantities of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine alongside the salsa and guacamole.
It seems that at the Lol Tun Restaurant on 2341 Folsom St. “You want everything on that?” was a loaded question indeed.
Last Wednesday’s arrests capped a four month investigation by the SFPD and San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force. As of press time, 52-year-old Lol Tun proprietor Addy Fajarado and 25-year-old chef Isaias Hernandez remain in San Mateo County Jail; both are due in court on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and bail is set at $2.7 million and $1.98 million, respectively.
Somewhat amazingly, on the very day that the two allegedly made their sale to undercover officers — and 3.8 pounds of heroin, five ounces of crystal meth and an ounce of coke with a street value of $170,000 were seized on the premises — a law enforcement official told us that the restaurant was still cranking out tacos, burritos and ceviche, just like any other Mexican “joint.”
“I will tell you that at the time we made our purchase, it was sparse in terms of customers. But there were a few,” said Sgt. Leo Capovilla of the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force.
And that begs the question — if you’re sitting on $170,000 worth of drugs, why are you going to worry about making a few $5 burritos?
Capovilla postulates that while the beans, cheese and salsa may have belonged to Fajarado outright, the drugs didn’t.
“These are the middle men, like the guy who sells you a used car. They’re not making the million bucks. They get their cut, I don’t know how much. But it’s a way to make some extra money,” he said.
In case you’re wondering why the accused are incarcerated in San Mateo and will be prosecuted there, Capovilla notes that while the alleged drug sales took place in San Francisco, all of the “negotiations” with undercover officers took place in San Mateo County. He refers to Lol Tun as the alleged sellers' “comfort zone,” where they could make sales and store the goods.
The sergeant doesn’t know of any other City eateries with any really special sauce (Snitch readers are urged to drop us a dime right here; there’s nothing to send your stomach a mixed message like black beans and meth).
Finally, in a humorous note, according to the Web site CleanScores the restaurant pulled an unimpressive 75 on its last health inspection — with no “major violations.”