Restaurant Owner Arrested for Selling Drugs Out of Store

Sometimes, working one job just isn’t enough to get by. On top of running a restaurant, one man decided to sell drugs out of the store in order to make a profit.

Brian Schlagel, the owner of the Philly Pretzel Factory on Route 22 in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody after a months-long investigation into his alleged drug dealing escapades. Monroeville Police had been tipped off earlier this year about Schlagel selling prescription pills out of the store using the drive-thru window.

Credit: Allegheny County

Authorities were also told that he was known to purchase the pills from prescription drug users and then flip them for a profit. Monroeville Police teamed up with Pennsylvania State Police and Murrysville Police who also received drug activity complaints about Schlagel.

After an investigation, it was determined that Schlagel was indeed buying and selling prescription pills out of both his home and the drive-thru window at the Philly Pretzel Factory. On one occasion, Schlagel was witnessed purchasing $14,000 worth of pills.

He was arrested and taken into custody and is now facing charges of possession with intent to deliver, prohibited acts, and tampering with evidence.

The Philly Pretzel Factory location in Ross Township said on Facebook that they are not affiliated with the Monroeville store, as well as the Bridgeville and Cranberry locations.