Chipotle's Crumpacker Arraigned for Cocaine Possession

Marketer, Now on Administrative Leave, Charged With Seven Counts of Criminal Possession

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Chipotle CMO Mark Crumpacker.
Chipotle CMO Mark Crumpacker. Credit: Chipotle Mexican Grill via Instagram

Chipotle's top marketing executive, Mark Crumpacker, was arraigned on cocaine possession charges in New York on Tuesday.

Mr. Crumpacker was charged with seven counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and released on bail.

Chipotle Mexican Grill placed Mr. Crumpacker on administrative leave late last month when news of his alleged cocaine possession charges surfaced. He has held the title of chief creative and development officer since March 2015 and has been with Chipotle since 2009.

Mr. Crumpacker appeared in court Tuesday and was charged with seven counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, according to court documents. The seven dates of possession included in the indictment range from Jan. 29 through May 14.

"We are aware that Mark presented himself to authorities earlier today," Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold said in a statement. "He was placed on a leave of absence last week immediately upon learning of these allegations, and he remains on leave from his job to focus on these personal matters."

Gerald Lefcourt, Mr. Crumpacker's lawyer, declined to comment on the matter. He said Mr. Crumpacker was released on cash bail of $4,500 and is expected to return to court on Sept. 8.

Mr. Crumpacker's compensation totaled nearly $4.3 million in 2015, including a salary of $532,077 plus stock awards and other compensation, down from a total of $5.3 million a year earlier.

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