- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Officials say nine people accused of using two New York City day care centers to smuggle and sell drugs have pleaded guilty to the charges.

The Daily News reports (https://nydn.us/1Tig5Q1 ) Juan Valdez and Gregorio Hanley both pleaded guilty, along with seven others.

Prosecutors said Thursday that the group used mail to move large amounts of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York beginning in 2009. Prosecutors say they stashed and sold drugs at the Fun World Childcare and the Sweet Home Child Care center, both located in the Bronx.

Authorities say the group smuggled between five and 10 kilograms of cocaine into New York every month, with each kilogram worth an estimated $60,000 on the street.

It wasn’t immediately clear if they had attorneys who could comment on the charges.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com


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