At a pizzeria in Roxborough, they were delivering more than pizza:
Talk about a special delivery! Police arrested the manager of an Andorra pizza shop yesterday after they found that he was using his delivery men to run a drug operation on the side.
Undercover cops spent several weeks studying Giuseppe “Joe” Stellato and the extra toppings he allegedly peddled while he worked at Argento’s Pizza, said Narcotics Capt. Chris Werner.
Stellato, 36, of Erial, N.J., was charged with drug possession and possession with the intent to deliver. Werner said investigators confiscated $5,000 worth of prescription drugs, including Oxycontin, from Stellato’s car, which was outside the pizza shop on Henry Avenue near Port Royal Avenue. “Basically, he was directing drivers to his car, where he kept the narcotics, and they would make drug deliveries while they were out on their routes,” Werner said.
Former city Health Inspector Clarence Morris was supposed to be checking the place. But according to witnesses, he did more than look around the North Philly Chinese take-out eatery last July.Witnesses said Morris swiped $1,200 from the restaurant, assaulted a store employee, then ran over the foot of a female witness as he attempted to make his getaway in his city-issued vehicle.Yesterday, Morris, 33, was held for trial on charges of robbery, simple assault and reckless endangerment after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan. Wearing a charcoal, pin-striped suit and pink shirt, Morris sat motionless during the hearing, occasionally leaning over to whisper into his attorney’s ear as the restaurant employee testified through a Mandarin-speaking interpreter. As she identified Morris from the witness stand, the employee told Assistant District Attorney Evangelia Manos that she became suspicious of Morris when he warned her husband not to follow him around the Erie Express Chinese Restaurant, on Broad Street near Venango. “He went to the front, middle, back, everywhere,” she said of Morris through interpreter Alex Wong. “After he walked around the refrigerator [where she stashed the money in a box], I couldn’t see the money anymore.”