Papa John's Employees in Washington Arrested for Selling Cocaine

Nick Mcbride
June 6, 2017

Undercover investigators determined two workers at the pizzeria were using and selling cocaine while at work and would deliver the drugs in pizza boxes in the restaurant's parking lot.

In total, detective seized almost $30,000 in cash, a vehicle and the drugs.

A six-month joint investigation by the King County Sheriff's Office and the police department in Sammamish, just east of Seattle, resulted in the arrests of five people, two of whom are accused of selling drugs out of a Papa John's.

In December 2016, the sheriff's office said, the Sammamish police received information that employees at a Papa John's Pizza in Sammamish were selling cocaine in the parking lot of the business. N.E.as part of an investigation dubbed "Operation Extra Olives", West wrote.

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One of the employees introduced the undercover detectives to other drug dealers in Bellevue, Washington, and in Sammamish. The five suspects are between the ages of 18 and 26. Another 18-year-old man turned himself into the Sammamish police station later in the day.

"You don't think, like, 'Is my pizza going to be covered in cocaine today?'" a surprised Papa John's customer tells KIRO. They found that the men had stashed the drugs throughout the restaurant in sinks, soap dispensers, and the cash register.

Detectives ultimately found $28,000 in cash, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, Oxycodone, LSD and methamphetamine, the release said.

Public-health officials were called in and worked with Papa John's on cleanup procedures, the release said. "The franchise has confirmed that the employees involved with this situation are no longer employed and we apologize for their actions", the pizza chain said in a statement. Furthermore, food safety and sanitation is of the utmost importance to Papa John's.

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