Couple accused of using heroin, preparing food with open sores at Indiana Little Caesars

Sasha Fletcher and Joshua Parson

Update (April 5, 2018)– Sasha Fletcher pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a syringe and a charge of possession of a narcotic drug was dropped. She was sentenced to 545 days with 126 days of jail credit, leaving 419 days in jail, which were all suspended.

Joshua Parson pleaded guilty to possession of a narcotic drug and a charge of unlawful possession of a syringe was dropped. He received a 545-day sentence with 128 days of jail credit. The remaining 417 days will be served in Marion County Community Corrections.

Original story:

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – A former manager of the Little Caesars in Shelbyville and her boyfriend are accused of buying and using heroin at the restaurant.

The police department began investigating after an anonymous source reported that the former pizzeria employee, Sasha Fletcher, had been preparing food with open sores on her body and had hepatitis C.

Officers responded to the restaurant in the 800 block of Harrison St. Tuesday to speak with Fletcher and her boyfriend, Joshua Parson.

At the restaurant, police observed Parson, who is not an employee, making a pizza barehanded, according to a police report. While speaking to the couple, officers say they appeared to be impaired on heroin.

Officers then deployed a K9 to sniff the area of the couple’s vehicle. The dog reportedly indicated the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. During a search, officers say they found several syringes and spoons with residue that “appeared to be heroin.”

Both Fletcher and Parson were arrested and charged with possession of a syringe and possession of heroin.

Fletcher has been fired by Little Caesars and the restaurant will be thoroughly cleaned, according to Robert Lewis, the county health commissioner.

Indiana law requires any person in the food service industry with open sores to utilize an impenetrable barrier between the open sores and any food they are handling.

“Mr. Lewis has been checking today with local health officials on the potential for a contagious outbreak,” said Prosecuting Attorney Brad Landwerlen Wednesday.

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