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Family discovers pill on their pizza

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Doctors call it is a dangerous situation.

One Perry County man is in jail after a family found more than just the toppings they ordered on their pizza.

“A friend called, advising me that they had located a pill in their pizza under their toppings. So I happened to be close and I told them I'd run down and check it out and see what's going on,” Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Eversole said.

After the story checked out, Eversole and some other deputies stopped by Papa John’s in Hazard.

“We asked the employees to voluntarily empty their pockets and they did and the officers with me located a pill that appeared to be a Xanax in one of the employee's hats,” Eversole said.

That employee was 33-year-old Arthur Stacy of Knott County.

Officers believe Stacy was hiding the pill in his hat before it fell out into pizza he was preparing.

“Narcotics can make you stop breathing and if you're already taking a medication perhaps another narcotic that you're legitimately prescribed for, adding another medication would put you over the edge perhaps into an overdose,” Dr. Mitchell Wicker said.

The pill was found before anyone started eating the pizza.

“Papa John's is 100% concerned about food safety. It is priority number one as it relates to our restaurant business. It is a stringent process,” Tom Wylie, CFO of PJ Ops, LLC.

Some people are thankful they inspected their toppings before eating them.

We requested a jailhouse interview with Arthur Stacy to get his side of the story, but he declined.

Stacy is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

He is being held in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center.

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