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Papa John’s now has both Coke AND Pepsi

A delivery man was allegedly delivering more than pizza and pepsi in his Papa John's Pizza delivery uniform. The arrest came after cops ordered a $27,500 kilo of cocaine.

In NY City a delivery man was allegedly delivering more than pizza and pepsi in his Papa John’s Pizza delivery uniform. The arrest came after cops ordered a $27,500 kilo of cocaine.

Papa John’s Pizza operates over 3,000 stores in the US. Most restaurants and fast-food chains are forced to choose either Coke or Pepsi products, and are forbidden by contract to carry both brands of soft drinks. Papa John’s was a Coca Cola partner for 25 years before switching to Pepsi in 2011. Now, thanks to one enterprising delivery man in New York City, you can order coke with your papa John’s pizza, even though Papa John’s only carries Pepsi products. Coke as in “cocaine”.

Investigators ordered a $27,500 kilo of cocaine in a set up that led to the arrest of a Papa John’s delivery man whom authorities say was running a cocaine distribution service. The Daily News reports Ramon Rodrigues “dropped off high-priced cocaine orders for years” in the neighborhoods around New York City. Apparently he was using his Papa John’s insulated pizza delivery bag, pizza boxes, and even menus to hold the stashed drugs. The NY Daily News says he  was tracked for 21 deliveries of narcotics since 2011, video taped for some, and wore his red Papa John’s uniform. CNN put that number at “at least 19” deliveries, and used the term “allegedly”.

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Rodriguez was not in the Papa John’s stores during all of these transactions, according to reports, but did comment that he was out on delivery while he was delivering drugs to undercover officers. Several reports suggest family members knew of his enterprising efforts to support his family, but we have to note that the now famous “Pizza Connection” operators had this idea first. Over 75 people were “collected up” and over 20 went to prison for that pizza store heroin distribution system, broken up in 1994 by federal agents cooperating with agents from several other nations (including Spain and Italy). The Famous Original Ray’s Pizza on Third Avenue near 43d Street was said to have been the headquarters for the billion dollar enterprise.

 

Resources:

  • CNN coverage
  • NYDaily News story
  • NYTimes from 1994 on Pizza Connection
  • Wikipedia history of Pizza Connection  and public domain image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f4/Tommaso_Buscetta.jpg

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