Something was fishy in bikini barista investigation

MyNNNAs investigators looked in to the operations of a string of coffee stands, they came across foul-smelling money and allegations of foul conduct by a Snohomish County sheriff’s sergeant.

Our news partner, the Seattle Times, reports that to the detectives investigating allegations of prostitution and lewd behavior by “bikini baristas” working at a string of coffee shacks in Snohomish County, the whole operation smelled fishy — from the way the baristas seemed to know when police were watching to the stacks of $20 bills the owner deposited at a local credit union.

The money reeked of fish, explained Carmela Panico, the 51-year-old owner of the Java Juggs and Twin Peaks drive-thru espresso stands, because she hid it in her freezer, according to a search warrant filed in Snohomish County Superior Court late Monday. The problems hindering the investigation weren’t so easily explained — that is, until one of the young baristas mentioned a “sheriff” who routinely visited the stands, usually in uniform.

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