When parents choose a day care provider for their small children, it is of utmost importance that everything is on the up and up. Finding out that anything shady is happening at a day care is alarming to not only the parents, but to the community at large. The parents of six children in Phoenix learned on Friday (May 13) that the private in-home childcare provider that they sent their children to doubled as a trap house.
The day care was one one of seven spots that the DEA and Scottsdale Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit executed search warrants on. This was the result of a long-term, joint investigation into a big time meth organization. The organization trafficked hundred pound quantities of crystal throughout the United States. According to the report:
DEA’s investigation into this Mexico-sourced organization began in the summer of 2015 with an initial enforcement operation that netted a one-time seizure of 85 pounds of methamphetamine. To date, DEA has arrested four subjects, seized over 90 pounds of methamphetamine, 33 grams of cocaine, $50,000, two vehicles, and nine weapons, including two rifles. During today’s warrants, agents arrested five subjects, seized an additional five pounds of methamphetamine, ½ pound of cocaine, four handguns, two rifles, a hand grenade, four military style flak jackets/body armor and $30,000 in cash.
“It is unfathomable that innocent children would be exposed to the inherent dangers of drug trafficking by those individuals entrusted with their care,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman said. “DEA and all law enforcement agencies are committed to the safety of the community first and foremost. We will continue our focus on ridding the streets of the traffickers who hide in our neighborhoods, we will target their illicit activities and bring them to justice.”