Yesterday, the Daily News and the Post reported that Carl McCoy, the owner of Eater 38 member Gwynnett St., was arrested on drug charges on Wednesday and let out on $25,000 bail. Citing court documents, both papers reported that the feds intercepted a packaged at JFK on December 8 that contained synthetic methylone that was addressed to McCoy at Gwynnett St. The papers alleged that McCoy had made a deal to accept the package for $1,000, and that he then agreed to wear a wire and meet the drug dealer for the hand-off, leading to their dual arrests.
Carl reached out to Eater to tell his side of the story. Here's McCoy's statement, in full:
As people may be aware, some unfortunate accusations and claims have been made against me and my character. I would like to state for the record this entire episode stems from a tragic abuse by someone I have known for years. This started when a friend requested a package to be delivered to my business. I declined this request, and yet an item was sent anyways which was of interest to the federal authorities. The resulting report and information cited are from my attempt to rectify this situation by working together with the appropriate authorities. At no time would I ever undertake the accused activities for personal or professional gain. Thank you for your understanding.Carl is still the owner and operator of Gwynett St., which has received heaps of praise from the critics since opening two years ago.
· Gwynnett St.'s Carl McCoy Arrested in Drug Bust [~ENY~]
· All Coverage of Gwynnett St. [~ENY~]
[Photo: Gwynnett St.]