Cops smash gang who smuggled drugs in Spongebob bedding

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A GANG which tried to smuggle cocaine inside Spongebob bedding has been smashed by New York cops.

Authorities described the plot to smuggle the drugs through the post from Puerto Rico to the Bronx as “sophisticated”.

The narcotics operation also used two Bronx daycare centers — Sweet Home and Fun World Childcare — as fronts for their illicit activities, officials said.

The ringleader, Juan Valdez, and two accomplices, Juan Bernal and Ada Padilla, were busted Thursday after a five-year wiretap probe by the NYPD and Drug Enforcement Agency.

Valdez and Barnel were charged with narcotics sale and money laundering; Padilla was slapped with conspiracy and attempted narcotics sale.

All three were awaiting arraignment on the indictment in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday afternoon.

Other members of Valdez’s crew were nabbed last September and are also under indictment on drug-related charges by the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.

“These arrests end a brazen conspiracy that pumped narcotics worth millions onto New York City’s streets,” Brennan said in a press release.

“Even after highly publicized arrests in September the narcotics trafficking continued unabated.”

Valdez’s operation utilized couriers who flew from JFK Airport to San Juan with suitcases filled with cash to pay for narcotics, officials said.

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