A couple from Oregon was arrested and is being held after allegedly leaving methamphetamine as a tip to a waitress at the Twisted Fish Steakhouse in Seaside, Ore. – an upscale, tourist-friendly restaurant.
Erica Manley, 37, of Beaverton, was arrested along with her boyfriend, Ryan Bensen, 40, of Cascade Locks last Friday at approximately 1 a.m. after a waitress found the methamphetamine.
As she was clearing the table, the waitress found the crystalline powder sealed in an envelope with a question mark on it. The manager of the restaurant then called the police, suspecting that the rocks were in fact drugs.
Police from the Seaside Sheriff’s Department responded and found an additional 20 grams of methamphetamine in Manley’s purse. A search of the couple’s car and nearby hotel room turned up a blow torch, batteries and hand-warmers, common drug paraphernalia that can be used to manufacture meth.
“I think the waitress was stunned and probably offended that somebody would think she was a user of a methamphetamine,” Seaside Police Chief Robert Gross said.
Gross praised the unnamed waitress for “making the call to police and saying ‘no’ to more methamphetamine in our community.”
“It speaks volumes of the business community doing their part,” Gross added.
Manley and Bensen are being held at the Clatsop County Jail awaiting arraignment.