Chipotle Executive Arrested on Cocaine Charges Returns to Work

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. executive Mark Crumpacker, who was put on leave in July after his arrest on cocaine charges, has returned to work.

Crumpacker completed a rehabilitation program while he was on leave, and his return to the company was announced internally last week, according to Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Denver-based Chipotle.

Mark Crumpacker

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“We’ve learned that any mistake Mark may have made in his personal life was not related to, nor did affect, his work,” Arnold said in a statement. “The recent months have been personally challenging for Mark, but he has remained committed to doing what is best for Chipotle.”

Crumpacker, 53, was indicted for allegedly purchasing cocaine on numerous occasions from a drug ring in New York. One of Chipotle’s top executives, Crumpacker has led the company’s marketing efforts since 2009. That put him in charge of the effort to help the burrito chain rebound from a wide-ranging food safety crisis that battered its reputation and stock price.

Crumpacker’s legal case is still pending, and the New York Post reported that he made a court appearance on Sept. 8.

“Our executive team and board of directors believe that having Mark continue to lead our marketing and development efforts is what is best for our company, our employees, our investors and our future,” Arnold said.

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