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Private daycare facility found to be part of Phoenix undercover drug operation

PHOENIX — Federal officials have uncovered a large-scale undercover drug operation in several locations throughout the Phoenix area, including one home that also operated as a private daycare facility.

(Photo courtesy of DEA)

(Photo courtesy of DEA)

According to a recent press release, seven locations were found to be a part of a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking operation in the Valley.

The organization that headed the operation was found to have distributed “hundred-pound” quantities of the drug each month.

The private, in-home daycare facility acted as a stash location. Approximately six children were cared for at the home, according to the release.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman said in the release that it was “unfathomable” that children would be exposed to the “dangers of drug trafficking” and ensured the public that the organization would work to get rid of traffickers in the area.

Officials arrested five people and seized five pounds of meth, a half-pound of cocaine, four handguns, two rifles, a hand grenade, four military-style body armor vests and $30,000 in cash.

This is not the only drug-related operation that was recently busted in the state: on Monday, authorities stopped a woman at the Mexico-Arizona border who tried to smuggle nearly $348,000 worth of cocaine from Mexico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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