Men accused of peddling free drug samples at McDonald's

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Two men are in in jail after police say they were trying to give out free drugs nearby a Richmond restaurant.

Randolph Eason, 26 and Kenneth Alonzo Newson-Smith, 28

According to the arrest citation, it happened Tuesday afternoon at the McDonald's in the 400 block of the Eastern Bypass.

A local spokesperson said in a statement to WKYT, "While this incident did not occur inside our restaurant, we are thankful for our restaurant manager for helping the authorities quickly identify and apprehend those involved. The safety and security of our guests is our top priority, and we continue to work closely with the Richmond Police Department to help with their investigation.”

Police say they got a complaint that two men were in the restaurant offering people drugs.

When officers got there, they found the men in a parked car across the street from the restaurant. Police say the men denied having drugs.

Police say it turned out one of the men, Randolph Eason, 26, had a warrant out for his arrest.

When the officers asked Eason about the warrant, he tried to run away, but police say he was caught and taken into custody after a fight with officers.

Police say Eason had a gun on him and suspected heroin, along with cash, was found in the car.

Eason and Newson-Smith were taken to jail on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance. Eason faces additional charges of resisting arrest and fleeing or evading police.