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Long Island man, 24, is busted ‘packaging cocaine out of an illegal daycare center’

A New York man has been arrested for allegedly peddling drugs out of his unlicensed daycare center, as another 32 suspects were detained in connection to the ‘major narcotic traffic ring’ operating out of Long Island.

Lex Lloyd, 24, was detained as part of Operation Honeycomb which saw the indictment of 40 people for their alleged involvement in the drug ring that operated in Hempstead and surrounding areas. 

Authorities – part of a joint task force – found approximately 520 grams of cocaine, 50 oxycodone pills, two narcotics presses and bullets at Lloyd’s Pierson Avenue residence in Hempstead, Long Island, according to a release from the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

Lex Lloyd, 24, was detained as part of Operation Honeycomb which saw the indictment of 40 people for their alleged involvement in the drug ring that ran out of the illegal daycare

Authorities - part of a joint task force - found approximately 520 grams of cocaine, 50 oxycodone pills, two narcotics presses and bullets at Lloyd's Pierson Avenue residence in Hempstead, Long Island

Authorities – part of a joint task force – found approximately 520 grams of cocaine, 50 oxycodone pills, two narcotics presses and bullets at Lloyd’s Pierson Avenue residence in Hempstead, Long Island

One of Lloyd’s co-defendants, who has not yet been apprehended, was also said to have been running a daycare out of their residence in Rosedale. 

At that home, authorities found 100 grams of cocaine and 100 grams of crack cocaine.

‘Think about that: Children were eating and playing and being cared for in the same space where cocaine was being packaged,’ District Attorney Madeline Singas said at a news conference in Mineola on Monday, Newsday reports. 

She continued: ‘Parents trying to work through the pandemic left their children at a day care and this is what their kids were exposed to. It’s horrifying to me as a parent and as a district attorney.’ 

Drugs and drug paraphernalia were confiscated during a drug trafficking bust, that consisted of 40 people running a drug operation from daycare centers in Hempstead, Long Island and Rosedale, Queens

Drugs and drug paraphernalia were confiscated during a drug trafficking bust, that consisted of 40 people running a drug operation from daycare centers in Hempstead, Long Island and Rosedale, Queens

More of the items that were confiscated from the daycare centers

More of the items that were confiscated from the daycare centers

Lloyd was indicted on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child, the New York Post reports.

DA Singas shared in the release that the 18-month investigation into Operation Honeycomb resulted in the seizure of narcotics worth $2,772,000. 

Items recovered from various search warrants and car stops included: 38 firearms, including assault weapons and ammunition; 9.5 kilograms of nearly pure cocaine – approximately 31,000 doses; approximately 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine – close to 5,000 doses; more than one kilogram of heroin – 36,000 individual dose; 250 grams  of fentanyl – close to 36,000 fatal doses; and more than $380,000 in cash. 

Inside the Day Care Center at 77 Pierson Avenue, Hempstead, New York, where drug trafficking took place close to where children were playing

Inside the Day Care Center at 77 Pierson Avenue, Hempstead, New York, where drug trafficking took place close to where children were playing

Another picture of the daycare in Hempstead. Drugs were trafficked from Puerto Rico, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut

Another picture of the daycare in Hempstead. Drugs were trafficked from Puerto Rico, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut

The investigation was called Operation Honeycomb because a large portion of the drugs were stored in a defendant’s home, commonly referred to as the ‘honeycomb’ by other defendants during wiretapped calls. 

Drugs were trafficked from Puerto Rico, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. One defendant is even said to have used mail to send three kilograms of cocaine that were recovered, the release states.  

Nine people were identified as major traffickers in the case, including: Able McTootle, Eric Butler, Willy Matias, Allen Evans, Eric Poston, Matthew Williams aka Vernon Howard, Orlando Ramsay, Rodney Highsmith and an unapprehended co-defendant.

Firearms that were confiscated during a drug trafficking bust, that consisted of 40 people running a drug operation from daycare centers in Hempstead, Long Island and Rosedale, Queens

Firearms that were confiscated during a drug trafficking bust, that consisted of 40 people running a drug operation from daycare centers in Hempstead, Long Island and Rosedale, Queens

More firearms that were taken from the daycare centers

More firearms that were taken from the daycare centers

DA Singas shared in the release that the 18-month investigation into Operation Honeycomb resulted in the seizure of narcotics worth $2,772,000

DA Singas shared in the release that the 18-month investigation into Operation Honeycomb resulted in the seizure of narcotics worth $2,772,000

To be designated as a major trafficker, drugs possessed or sold have to exceed $75,000 during a period of six months or less. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 to life. 

‘For years, Long Island’s worst of the worst have terrorized our communities with acts of violence and the trafficking of firearms – both in furtherance of operating a narcotics enterprise on our streets regardless of the lives negatively impacted,’ said John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New York Field Division. 

‘But today, thanks to the efforts of the ATF New York Field Division Long Island Field Office, working with our partners from the Hempstead Police Department, the Nassau County Police Department and the FBI Long Island Gang Task Force, this criminal organization has been silenced once and for all.’

Lloyd was indicted with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child

Lloyd was indicted with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child


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