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Police say these items were seized in the culmination of a drug investigation in Sammamish, Washington. (Photo: King County Sheriff's Office)

Papa John's employees were arrested for allegedly selling cocaine in pizza delivery boxes


Apparently, pizza was being delivered with a side of cocaine at one Papa John's location in Washington state.

The King County Sheriff's Office and the Sammamish Police Department arrested five people, including two Papa John's employees, Friday after a six-month joint investigation dubbed "Operation Extra Olives." 

In 2016, Sammamish police received a tip that Papa John's employees were selling cocaine and making sales in the local franchise's parking lot.

"We sent undercover detectives in there and sure enough our undercover detectives were able to establish a relationship with a couple of these drug dealers," King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West told ABC affiliate KOMO News.  

When detectives executed a search warrant at the franchise on Friday morning, they detected cocaine in the shop, near the sink, on soap dispensers and on the cash register. Police said no residue was found in areas where food was being prepared.

Detectives said when the Papa John's dealers ran out of cocaine, they introduced them to other dealers in Sammamish and Bellevue. Authorities executed search warrants in those locations as well. 

Police arrested two men, a 21-year-old and a 26-year-old, in Bellevue. In Sammamish, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old man were arrested. A final suspect turned himself in later that same day. 

In addition to finding cocaine residue, authorities seized $28,000 in cash, cocaine, ecstasy, Oxycodone, LSD and methamphetamine. 

Papa John's issued a statement saying the pizza chain has "zero tolerance" for this type of illegal activity. 

"The franchise has confirmed that the employees involved with this situation are no longer employed and we apologize for their actions," the statement said in part. 

Our affiliate KOMO contributed to this report. 

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