Chipotle executive Mark Crumpacker returns to work

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle says its top marketing executive is back on the job, after being placed on leave this summer in connection with drug possession charges.

The burrito chain says Mark Crumpacker’s return was announced internally Sept. 8. Crumpacker is Chipotle’s chief creative and development officer and had been in charge of the Denver company’s efforts to win back customers after an E. coli outbreak last year sent sales plunging.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. announced June 30 that it placed Crumpacker on leave after a news report that he was one of the customers named in a cocaine ring indictment. The 53-year-old executive turned himself to face cocaine possession charges on July 5.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office says Crumpacker’s case is still open, with a court date for Oct. 18.