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Edmonds Bikini Baristas Arrested

Police department carries out a nine-month undercover investigation, which ends when owner Carmela Panico and three employees at Java Juggs Espresso—the coffee stand's slogan is "Some Like It Hot"—are charged with prostitution and exposure.

After a ninth-month undercover investigation, the Edmonds Police Department has arrested the owner of an Edmonds espresso stand on three counts of prostitution and one count of permitting prostitution. Three employees were also arrested.

The arrest at Java Juggs Espresso, located on the corner of Highway 99 and 212th Street Southwest, involved officers posing as customers and collecting video as evidence, said Sgt. Don Anderson of the Edmonds Police Department.

Most of the violations involved employees exposing themselves to customers for large tips. Some of the violations involved physical contact with a barista in exchange for money.

The investigation began in October 2010 and ended last week with the arrest of the business owner and the three employees, on charges which include prostitution and unlawful exposure.

Among those arrested was 49-year-old Carmela Panico, a Snohomish resident who owns Java Juggs Espresso in Edmonds, as well as two others in Everett. The police determined that she joined her employees in illegal activities. She is currently out on bail.

The Edmonds Police Department is working with the Snohomish County Health Department and the City of Edmonds Code Enforcement Office to address any other business licensing or code enforcement issues that may exist with the business as it continues to operate.

C. Hoyns July 20, 2011 at 05:36 PM
To Nibor Ceenelo who made the assinine comments above. I am a mother of two and me and my kids are not hurt by this. If your ole man as you put was out playing with other women, then maybe you need to take a look at yourself and how you may have contributed to your failing marriage. Just because men like to look at beautiful women, enjoy porn, or even want to touch a beautiful woman does not make for an addiction. Sex and the enjoyment of sex is not an addiction. I am sick and tired of people like you who are public busy bodies trying to force your morals and values on others. It is a damn shame that the police did this, and now this entrepreneur may be out of business. It doesn't take 9 months to do an investigation on this, and it seems to be a bit hypocritical of the cops to enjoy doing the very thing they arrest other people for.
Brian Soergel December 30, 2011 at 01:18 AM
This story received the most hits in 2010...check story on Dec. 30, 2011.
Corey Taylor December 30, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Does the paper know how many actual hookers roamed the Edmonds streets free because the cops were busy peeping on these innocent girls?
Brian Soergel December 31, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Biz owners had requested the police do something, and there were some arrests made for prostitution.
Corey Taylor December 31, 2011 at 05:19 AM
Most likely a nearby coffee shop whose ugly baristas were losing business to the cute girls in bikinis. If business is war, then this was a war crime!

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