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Alleged Head of Drug Smuggling Ring Arrested in Bronx

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The alleged head of a drug smuggling ring that police say used two day care facilities as part of its cover has been arrested in the Bronx, along with two others allegedly involved in the ring.

Investigators say Juan Valdez oversaw the operation, which smuggled approximately $600,000 worth of cocaine into the city from Puerto Rico each month.

They say Valdez was assisted by Juan Bernal and Ada Padilla, who were also arrested.

In addition to using the day care facility as a front, police say the group also frequently smuggled the drugs inside products designed for children.

Since August, the U.S. Postal Service has intercepted about $1.4 million worth of cocaine and other drugs allegedly linked to the ring.

The arrests come following a wiretap operation and a search of the day care, as well as Valdez's apartment.

The other day care facility involved was searched in September, resulting in three other arrests.

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