Bar owners busted for illegal drug cocktails
BATON ROUGE - A drug task force busted the managers of a restaurant in Baton Rouge on suspicion of serving up some illegal drug cocktails.
Business partners Christopher Armstrong and Benjamin Landry are accused of using the IceHouse Restaurant on Airline Highway as a meeting place for illegal drug transactions, according to a release by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Investigators said Armstrong, a licensed physician's assistant, used his work computer to generate hundreds of fake prescriptions for his family, friends and associates. They said Landry then acted as a go-between to deliver the fake prescription pain medicines.
The street value of the fraudulently obtained narcotics was estimated at $1,379,595.
Also arrested in the investigation: Gretchen Armstrong, 40, for 101 counts of obtaining CDS by fraud; David Hagstad, 43, for 21 counts of obtaining CDS by fraud; and Angelica Hagstad, 43, for 15 counts of obtaining CDS by fraud.
The arrests were part of a five-year investigation between the Drug Enforcement Administration's Tactical Diversion Squad along with the Louisiana State Police Narcotics Division and several local law enforcement agencies.
More arrests are expected as the investigation continues.