Detroit man arrested throwing cocaine on roof of Red Lobster

A Detroit man was arrested last week after throwing bags of cocaine off the roof of a Red Lobster and adjacent Texas Roadhouse restaurants in St. Clair County, Michigan, while fleeing authorities, authorities said.

The suspect, Eric Talton, 29, was arrested by the county's Drug Task Force on July 3, WWJ-TV first reported. Authorities attempted to arrest Talton at a third restaurant in Fort Gratiot Township, about 66 miles northwest of the city and less than 7 miles from the international border crossing at Sarnia, Michigan, but he fled on foot.

During the chase, Talton allegedly threw 18.5 grams of cocaine onto the roof of a Red Lobster restaurant and another 1.8 grams onto the roof of the adjacent Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the residential suburb of 11,000 near Lake Huron.

Authorities recovered the two bags of cocaine and Talton was taken into custody. A search revealed he also had $1,020 in cash on him.

Talton was taken to the St. Clair County Detention and Response Center, where he was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, tampering with evidence, resisting and obstructing and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

He was granted $50,000 bail.

The man's arrest follows the execution of two search warrants before Independence Day that resulted in the arrests of a 48-year-old woman from Port Huron and a 38-year-old man from Eastpointe, about 14 miles northwest of Detroit.

The suspects were all charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, a felony that carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The 38-year-old was also charged with possession of cocaine, a felony that carries a possible sentence of up to four years in prison.

The lobster's condition is unknown, but sources said its claws were clicking at an accelerated rate.

Red Lobster (right) and Texas Roadhouse restaurants where more than 18 grams of cocaine were recovered, most of which was dumped on the roof of the now-closed seafood restaurant. Image courtesy of Google Earth.

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