Yukon diner’s owner jailed in drug sting

BY NOLAN CLAY and TIM HENLEY Published: March 24, 2010
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YUKON — A longtime Elvis impersonator was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly sold painkillers from his diner, authorities reported.

Police said Darin Thrasher, 42, was one of several people detained during the investigation.

Authorities said Yukon police officers and federal drug enforcement officers searched Thrasher’s Yukon home, as well as his business, Sid’s Diner.

Police reported Thrasher performs "as an Elvis impersonator and advertises his Elvis impersonator business through his restaurant.” On a Web site, Thrasher wrote, "My mom was a big Elvis fan so I grew up listening to and watching the ‘King.’”

He is charged in federal court with illegal distribution of controlled substances in March.

A task force officer with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration reported in court papers that one source advised Thrasher sent drugs out of the restaurant in to-go orders. The DEA officer reported another source said Thrasher put the pills inside of hamburger buns to distribute them.

Authorities reported using an undercover police officer to make three drugs buys, totaling about $1,400, from Thrasher in March — twice inside the restaurant and once at a convenience store.


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