Salem restaurant owner accused of trafficking oxycodone


SALEM (FOX 25 / A Salem restaurant owner was arrested on Friday amid accusations that he was trafficking oxycodone out of his business.

Jesus Franco, 42, was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail on two counts of trafficking Friday, reports the Salem News.

Franco, owner of the Bangkok Paradise restaurant on Washington Street, is accused of selling hundreds of painkillers to a police informant on two separate occasions. On one occasion, Franco reportedly sold to the unidentified informant in his restaurant.

The 42-year-old's restaurant lost its entertainment license for six months earlier this week. Officials say the decision was made after police had trouble clearing out late night crowds. The restaurant has also reportedly received warnings for serving to a minor.

Franco has pleaded not guilty to the trafficking charges. He will be back in court on Nov. 14.

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