Florida: Pizzeria Managers Busted For Drugs Under ‘Operation Special Toppings’
Apparently, you could have gone to Pizzano’s Pizza in Lake Wales for more than just a large pizza. Two managers at a pizzeria were busted for selling drugs here under an investigation cleverly titled, “Operation Special Toppings.”
Tampa’s News Channel 8 reported that local authorities began investigating this suspicious activity in April. Leon Griffith was the first manager investigated. “During the investigation, a detective called the restaurant, located at 1326 East State Road 60, and asked for Griffith’s personal cellphone number,” New Channel 8 states.
This was the beginning of what ultimately led authorities to discover that the information they had been receiving about illegal activity taking place at Pizzano’s, was true. Griffith made arrangements to sell marijuana to the detective. Then, they would meet again, and this time, it would be for even more drugs. The detective purchased Xanax, Adderall, and cocaine from Griffith.
“Once the sale was complete, Griffith was arrested and Pizzano’s was searched,” News Channel 8 proceeds.
The mission was named “Operation Special Toppings” by the Lake Wales police. Their diligence then led to a second arrest. Upon searching Pizzano’s officers found another batch of drugs in the bag of another manager, Hailee Sullivan. As a result, Sullivan was also arrested.
News of this surprising scene made quite a buzz with these two managers being busted for selling drugs at the pizzeria. Local TV outlets were onsite and even had the chance to speak with Pizzano’s owner, Larry Howell.
During interviews captured on video, Howell assured that he would be more involved with the restaurant’s operation. He allegedly had no participation or awareness of the drug activity taking place at his establishment. Furthermore, he expressed his disappointment, given he thought he could trust the two managers who were caught. Howell was not arrested. Authorities are, however, further looking into the activity that transpired under “Operation Special Toppings.”