Arrests made in day care drug smuggling scheme

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Alleged drug traffickers are accused of using Spongebob Squarepants sheets to hide their cocaine, which they allegedly funnels through a private Bronx day care. (Photo: Drug Enforcement Agency)

NEW YORK (AP) — A drug ring used a private Bronx day care center as a cover for a narcotics trafficking scheme, hiding drugs in children’s bed sheets covered with colorful cartoon characters, authorities said.

Five people have been arrested following an investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan announced Thursday. Agents seized more than 50 pounds of cocaine and $1.4 million.

Authorities said wiretaps revealed that the ring used couriers to deliver suitcases full of cash to Puerto Rico. The cash paid for cocaine and other drugs that were mailed to New York hidden in children’s merchandise.

Late last year, agents discovered more than two pounds of cocaine hidden in SpongeBob SquarePants bedding.

In a raid on a residence that also housed the day care, agents found another two pounds of cocaine, 1,000 oxycodone pills and cash.