Papa John's employees accused of selling cocaine in pizza boxes
After a six month long investigation, police in Washington state busted several people allegedly involved in a drug ring, with two people operating out of a Papa John's.
King County Sheriff's Office and the police department in Sammamish, which is east of Seattle, received a tip last December that the pizza shop employees were selling cocaine.
Undercover detectives went in Papa John's to buy drugs from two employees on four separate occasions. The investigation name? "Operation Extra Olives."
Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff's Office told CNN this was because when the officers ordered pizza they'd always say, "Give it extra olives."
Officers obtained search warrants and executed them on Friday at the pizza location. There was apparently cocaine residue on the register and employee areas. They arrested the two Papa John's employees and three friends who were introduced to detectives.
The managers at Papa John's were cooperative with police. "The franchisee has confirmed that the employees involved with this situation are no longer employed and we apologize for their actions," a Papa John's spokesperson told CNN. "The franchisee is working in full cooperation with local law enforcement to resolve this matter."