SEPTEMBER 26–An Oregon felon allegedly placed methamphetamine into bean dip that she served to co-workers at a Thriftway supermarket, according to cops who arrested the woman on multiple criminal counts.
Police charge that Cassandra Medina-Hernandez, 38, provided the spiked bean dip to a woman who fell ill after consuming it. Upon being treated at a hospital, the victim “learned the bean dip may have contained methamphetamine,” according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The 27-year-old victim told cops that Medina-Hernandez, who was working in the store’s deli department, provided her with the bean dip, a probable cause affidavit states.
A fellow Thriftway employee told police that Medina-Hernandez “told her about placing drugs inside” the victim’s food. A second worker told investigators that “Cassandra had messaged her” to claim that “placing the methamphetamine in the food was an accident.”
After opening a criminal probe earlier this month, investigators determined that “at least one other employee had consumed bean dip from the same dish that was believed to have been contaminated.”
Deputies yesterday arrested Medina-Hernandez on several charges, including unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and recklessly endangering another person. Investigators said they have “no reason to believe” customers were served contaminated food at the supermarket in Jefferson, a city about 15 miles south of Salem.
Pictured above, Medina-Hernandez is being held in the Marion County jail in lieu of $520,000 bail.
Medina-Hernandez’s rap sheet includes convictions for assault; robbery; identity theft; delivery of methamphetamine; theft; possession of methamphetamine; and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
When Medina-Hernandez was sentenced in 2015 on robbery and assault convictions–for which she received state prison time and a two-year probation term–a judge found her to be “an alcoholic or drug-dependent person” and ordered her placement in a treatment program.