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June 25, 2013

Everett, Police Blotter

Here is the release this afternoon from Everett Police Department Spokesman Aaron Snell…

Everett Police Department arrest three after an extensive prostitution investigation.

On June 25, 2013, law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions served search warrants on eight locations; Everett (1), Edmonds (1), Kent (1), and unincorporated Snohomish County (5) and made eight arrests. The arrests came after the Everett Police Department (EPD), in conjunction with the Kent Police Department (KPD), 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.

The owner of the seven stands, 51 year-old Carmela A. Panico of Snohomish, was arrested for conspiracy to promote prostitution (RCW 9A.88.080) and permitting prostitution (RCW 9A.88.090). Panico has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

Panico’s manager, a 22 year-old Shoreline woman, was arrested for prostitution (RCW 9A.88.030) and conspiracy to promote prostitution (RCW 9A.88.080). 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 today. Charges will likely be referred on several of them to the applicable Prosecutors Office. As the investigation continues, more arrests and charges may occur.

Also arrested was 58 year-old Darrell L. O’Neill of Everett, a 30 year veteran Sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). It is anticipated he will be booked into the Marysville Jail for conspiracy to promote prostitution (RCW 9A.88.080) and official misconduct (RCW 9A.80.010).

The initial investigation began in October of 2012 when the KPD investigated complaints of lewd conduct at a latte stand. Several baristas were identified and arrested for prostitution and lewd conduct. At that time, the seven latte stands were linked to Panico. During the investigation, a barista told detectives that a SCSO sergeant had engaged in inappropriate behavior while on the job and was providing information about ongoing undercover investigations targeting the latte stands. The KPD notified the SCSO of the allegations and they immediately requested the EPD conduct a criminal investigation. Everett detectives examined information, conducted undercover surveillance and interviewed baristas. The EPD investigation led to today’s arrests and search warrants at the seven latte stands.

Java Juggs

This Java Juggs stand is one of 7 raided today

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, WA

-11323 Hwy 99 in Everett, WA

-11701 Hwy 99 in Everett, WA

-12803 Hwy 99 in Everett, WA

-15315 Hwy 99 in Lynnwood, WA

-21208 Hwy 99 in Edmonds, WA

-24013 104th Ave SE in Kent, WA

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