Employees at a Papa John’s in Sammamish, Washington are accused of selling cocaine out of the chain’s parking lot. According to CNN, Sammamish police received a tip that Papa John’s employees were selling drugs in December 2016. That prompted a six-month joint investigation by them and the county sheriff’s office.
Undercover detectives were sent to the Papa John’s and bought drugs from two employees at four different times.
“What the detectives would do is they’d order pizza and go out and wait in the parking lot,” said Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office. “The employee would bring the pizza out and in the box would be the cocaine.”
Investigators dubbed it “Operation Extra Olives” according to CNN.
“The operation got named because every time they’d order pizza, they’d say, ‘Give it extra olives,'” West said.
But, what about when there were no “extra olives” available?
“When we went to purchase (the drugs), they didn’t have any, so they sent us to another one,” West told CNN. “Then the same thing happened, so they sent us to another one.”
In the end, two Papa John’s employees were arrested, in addition to three friends they introduced police to. Those arrested ranged in age from 18 to 26. Cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, Oxycodone, LSD, methamphetamine, and $28,000 in cash were confiscated.
Detectives found cocaine residue around the cash register and in employee washing areas. According to KOMO, drugs were stashed in the restaurant's sinks, soap dispensers, and cash register. West said that the franchise’s managers were unaware of the drug activities.
“Papa John’s has zero tolerance for this type of offensive and illegal behavior,” a company spokesman said in a statement. “The franchisee has confirmed that the employees involved with this situation are no longer employed and we apologize for their actions. The franchisee is working in full cooperation with local law enforcement to resolve this matter.”
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