VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY.com) - Federal agents arrested the owner of a popular restaurant in Virginia Beach and charged him with running a major drug ring.
DEA agents say Fred Wills, Jr., used his southern style eatery, Big Daddy's, to run the $9million illegal operation.
In a federal indictment , agents said Wills, along with his wife and a third suspect, sold cocaine, crack and marijuana, many times serving the drugs up in white Styrafoam take-out food containers. Agents say Wills laundered the drug proceeds through his restaurants and other businesses and referred to cocaine as "food."
According to the indictment Wills' ring operated in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Texas.
Now that the chef has been arrested, federal prosecutors are asking that if he is convicted, Wills be forced to forfeit more than $9 million worth of property and assets allegedly bought with drug money.