Federal agents have arrested a chef and owner of a popular restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia for allegedly running a multi-million dollar drug ring out of his restaurant.
According to published reports, Fred Willis Jr., owner of Big Daddy’s, used his restaurant as a front to distribute cocaine, crack and marijuana to communities in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Texas.
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 Styrofoam take-out food containers.
To throw authorities off of the operation, police state that Wills had customers use various dietary code words in replacement of the requested narcotics. Police state that the seemingly obvious word “food” was actually a word that clients used for cocaine.
DEA agents say Big Daddy’s brought in more than $9 million in illegal drug money, agents also state that Wills laundered the drug proceeds through his restaurants and other businesses.
With the arrest of Wills, 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.