For six-month, the King County Sheriff’s Office worked with the police department in Sammamish, east of Seattle. The joint investigation resulted in arresting five people, two of them were suspects of selling drugs out of Papa John’s store.
When and how did it start?
In December 2016, Sammamish police got a tip that Papa John’s staff were selling cocaine. The workers would finish the deal in Papa John’s parking lot.
So, police sent undercover detectives Papa John’s who 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,” the King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, Sgt. Cindi West, said. “The employee would bring the pizza out and in the box would be the cocaine.”
Investigators nicknamed the whole operation as “Operation Extra Olives.”
“Operation got named because every time they’d order pizza, they’d say, ‘Give it extra olives,'” West explained.
When the workers in Papa John’s finish all the cocaine they had to sell. They introduced the detectives to their peers.
“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.”
The arrest operation
When searching Papa John’s store on Friday morning, detectives from the Sammamish Police Department, Bellevue Police Department and the sheriff’s office found $28,000 along with cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, Oxycodone, LSD and methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Two workers from Papa John’s were arrested as well as three other peers whom Papa John’s employees introduced to the detectives when they ran out of drugs.
Commenting on the matter, Papa John’s spokesperson stated: “Papa John’s has zero tolerance for this type of offensive and illegal behavior.
“The franchise 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.”