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gblowfish
06-28-2011, 11:47 AM
The restaurant where this happened is about a mile from where I work. I've never been in there, but several of the folks I work with have eaten there before.

Mi Ranchito salsa poisoning brings 10-year sentence
By JOE LAMBE
The Kansas City Star

A Shawnee man will serve 10 years in prison for scheming to poison salsa at a Mexican restaurant, a federal judge ordered Monday.

Arnoldo Bazan, 32, pleaded guilty previously to conspiracy to tamper with a consumer product related to the poisoning of more than 40 diners in 2009 at a Mi Ranchito restaurant in Lenexa.

He was angry about losing his job at the Mi Ranchito restaurant in Olathe in June 2009, prosecutors said, and blamed the restaurant owner for that and the theft of his vehicle.

Bazan and his wife, Yini De La Torre, a waitress at the restaurant in Lenexa, schemed to get revenge by putting a powerful pesticide in the salsa.

On Aug. 7, 2009, a message was sent to the restaurant’s website, threatening harm unless Bazan’s vehicle was returned.

Four days later, a dozen diners who ate the salsa during the lunch rush reported symptoms including nausea, stomach cramps, weakness and sweating.

On Aug. 28, Bazan sent the owner a message warning that “the worst is yet to come.”

Two days later, three dozen diners ranging from young children to senior citizens reported severe poisoning symptoms.

Samples from diners’ blood, urine and food showed the presence of methomyl, a pesticide used only by certified professionals.

While Lenexa police investigated, Bazan told his wife not to talk or she would be physically harmed.

De La Torre pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced previously to more than seven years in prison.

As a result of the poisonings, prosecutors said, all six Mi Ranchito restaurants lost income.

Sales in the Lenexa location declined by about $250,000 over that September and October, they said.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/27/2979123/mi-ranchito-salsa-poisoning-brings.html#storylink=rss#ixzz1QadK3uE3

pr_capone
06-28-2011, 12:01 PM
Ruben Blades - Pedro Navaja a bit of a slow start but definitely killer Salsa.

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sedated
06-28-2011, 12:11 PM
IIRC, the owner said that he suspected someone poisoned his customers when the whole thing went down. No one believed him.

Okie_Apparition
06-28-2011, 12:14 PM
I use to think Taco Bell had some killer salsa
It just gave me the shits & the ammonia block in the stool burned by balls & a-hole from setting so long

Stewie
06-28-2011, 12:23 PM
Yeah, that sucked when it happened. I eat there once in a while and they are a hard working group of people. I think their business is back to 100% from what I can tell.

alpha_omega
06-28-2011, 12:49 PM
I still don't understand what the car theft had to do with it.

Nightfyre
06-28-2011, 01:20 PM
This thread disappoints. I was hoping you had found a salsa so good, it was threadworthy.

gblowfish
06-28-2011, 01:22 PM
This salsa is good if you need to kill some roaches....

Rain Man
06-28-2011, 01:42 PM
That's the type of crime where I think ten years in prison isn't enough. The guy was attacking innocent people.

And why does the woman get a lighter sentence? It seems like she's just as guilty as the man if she was the one who was giving him access.

Chocolate Hog
06-28-2011, 04:52 PM
Someone should attack his family.