A restaurant employee put rat poison in the pizza cheese, NC cops say

Ricky Lee Adami
Ricky Lee Adami Cumberland County Detention Center

A North Carolina pizzeria employee is accused of putting rat poison in the Fayetteville establishment's food, according to police.

An alert manager prevented the cheese from being served, police say.

Ricky Lee Adami, 55, of the 3100 block of Imperial Drive in Fayetteville, was an employee at the Primo Pizza restaurant at 2810 Raeford Road.

On Wednesday, Adami was arrested and charged with distributing food "containing noxious or deleterious material."

Fayetteville police said in a news release that a manager at the restaurant was preparing a pizza when he noticed an unknown substance mixed in with the shredded cheese.

The manager stopped making the pizza and went to review restaurant surveillance footage to find out which employee shredded that batch of cheese.

The video showed Adami putting what is suspected to be rat poison in the cheese shredding machine, police said.

All of the contaminated cheese was collected before being served to customers, police said.

Adami was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

Public records show Adami was previously convicted of burning a public building, multiple DWIs, multiple breaking and enterings and larceny in the 1980s and 1990s.

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