An already convicted felon is being held on more than a half million dollar bond after allegedly mixing methamphetamine in her coworkers’ food at an Oregon grocery store. Another co-worker attests that it wasn’t the first time.
27-year-old Kelsey Stanley is an employee at Thriftway grocery store in Jefferson, Oregon. She was at work earlier this month when she decided to get her own lunch from the deli section of the store.
There, she encountered employee Cassandra Medina-Hernandez, a convicted felon and an adjudicated “alcoholic or drug dependent person” in the state of Oregon, according to The Smoking Gun.
Police said Cassandra Medina-Hernandez did the unthinkable toward her colleague when the two meet at the deli.
Police ascertained from video footage that “Cassandra with her back to the camera reach[ed] into her bra and remove[d] something. Cassandra goes behind the microwave area and leans down towards the counter.
In the video, when Cassandra stands up, she wipes her nose and walks with a closed right fist to the preparation table in the middle of the deli. Cassandra grabs a paper dish and turns her back to the camera again. Cassandra switches hands and begins placing bean dip from the cooking stove to the paper boat which appears to now have what she was carrying inside of it.
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Medina-Hernandez then served Stanley a bean dip she had made and even packed a portion for Stanley to take home with her. Stanley took her lunch break and returned to the store approximately one hour later after having consumed the contaminated dip. At that point, the police report indicates Stanley recalled:
“I was feeling weird. Like unsteady on my feet and my stomach was upset.”
Stanley provided law enforcement with signed access to her treatment information from Santiam Hospital during the event which revealed that the woman had tested positive for ”unconfirmed positive for amphetamines.”
The victim claimed that she did not use any medications that included any amphetamines.
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Olson pursued the case for several weeks after the incident. He interviewed witnesses and determined that several coworkers were aware she placed drugs in the food provided to Kelsey Stanley. Further, Olson’s report additionally claims from a witness that:
“Cassandra had done this one other time, about one week before.”
After completing the investigation and reviewing surveillance footage, police have no reason to believe that any customers were served the contaminated food. Bobbie Horner, another Thriftway employee, also consumed the bean dip but did not report any complications.
Police reached back out to Horner days after the incident. It was then that Horner admitted that Medina-Hernandez had texted her and claimed that putting the methamphetamine in Stanley’s food was an accident.
Horner then admitted to police that she had withheld information initially pleading:
“I don’t want to get my friend in trouble, it was an accident.”
Officer Olsen made contact with Medina-Hernandez upon completion of the investigation and offered the felon an option to turn herself in, which she did.
Cassandra Medina-Hernandez can add her newest charges of causing another person to ingest a controlled substance, delivery of methamphetamine and recklessly endangering another person to her long history of offenses.
According to The Smoking Gun, that already includes robbery, possession of methamphetamine, theft, identity theft, assault, possession of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.