Everett police raid bikini barista stands, including Edmonds Java Juggs; arrest sheriff’s office veteran

Updated at 9:32 p.m. with additional details

The owner of bikini barista stand Java Juggs on Highway 99 in Edmonds, who found herself in trouble with the law in 2011, is back in the news again.

Carmela A. Panico, 51, of Snohomish, has been linked to seven coffee stands that were raided by police Tuesday, including the Edmonds location. She was arrested for conspiracy to promote prostitution and booked into Snohomish County Jail. A 58-year-old Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was also arrested in connection with the raids.

Everett police, assisted by officers from Edmonds, Kent and several other law enforcement entities, served search warrants on eight locations and made eight arrests: in addition to the Edmonds stand, the others were located in Everett, Kent and unincorporated Snohomish County, said Officer Aaron Snell, Everett police spokesman. The arrests came after Everett police, in conjunction with the Kent Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several other law enforcement entities concluded an extensive criminal investigation and developed evidence that several latte stands were being used to promote prostitution and lewd conduct.  Seven of the locations were latte stands and one was a residence.

Panico’s manager, a 22-year-old Shoreline woman, was arrested for prostitution and conspiracy to promote prostitution. Charges against the manager will be referred to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

Numerous female baristas working at the seven latte stands were contacted and detained Tuesday, Snell said. Charges will likely be forthcoming against those baristas, and more arrests and charges may occur as the investigation continues, he added.

The arrested Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was identified as Darrell L. O’Neill of Everett, a 30-year veteran. It is anticipated that O’Neill will be booked into the Marysville jail for conspiracy to promote prostitution and official misconduct, and that he will be placed on administrative leave while police investigate the case.

According to Everett police, the initial investigation began in October 2012 when Kent police looked into complaints of lewd conduct at a latte stand. Several baristas were identified and arrested for prostitution and lewd conduct. During the investigation, a barista told detectives that a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office sergeant had engaged in inappropriate behavior while on the job and was providing information to the baristas about ongoing undercover investigations targeting the latte stands. Kent police notified notified the sheriff’s office, which requested that Everett police conduct a criminal investigation. Everett detectives examined information, conducted undercover surveillance and interviewed baristas, leading to Tuesday’s arrests and search warrants at the seven latte stands, all of which had been linked to Panico.

As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives will contact customers who have been identified via surveillance engaging in prostitution and illegal activity. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding these cases to contact the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at 425-257-8450.

The latte stand locations are:
-8015 Broadway Ave in Everett
-11323 Hwy 99 in Everett
-11701 Hwy 99 in Everett
-12803 Hwy 99 in Everett
-15315 Hwy 99 in Lynnwood
-21208 Hwy 99 in Edmonds
-24013 104th Ave SE in Kent

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3 Comments

  1. Sex is not new. It is even natural and way older than your mom. When a society fabricates so many constraints around it, than what do you expect. Pent up people have to resort to this and all kinds of other means to fulfill nature. Get a grip America and grow up finally.

  2. I was at Jack in the Box this morning, and noticed the “OPEN” sign on at Java Jugs. Are they still open for business or was the sign left on, after they were raided?

    • A few of them have the open sign on, but the gates are locked

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