Authorities uncovered a hidden compartment in the floor of a Bronx day care center containing drugs, among them fentanyl, following the tragic death of a 1-year-old boy from a suspected fentanyl overdose, the New York Police Department revealed on Thursday.
The concealed stash was discovered on Wednesday beneath a play area within the day care, after a search warrant was granted to the NYPD. The narcotics, which were shaped into brick-like forms, weighed an estimated eight to 10 kilograms, as stated by a law enforcement representative.
In addition to fentanyl, the police found other undisclosed types of narcotics and related paraphernalia. The NYPD shared images of the concealed compartment, showing what looks like an improvised wooden door and substances packed into baggies within the floor.
On Thursday, a grand jury in New York City decided to indict Grei Mendez, 36, and Carlisto Acevedo Brito, 41, both of whom are linked to the fatal fentanyl overdose event that occurred on September 15, as informed by Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.
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“A grand jury has returned a true bill, meaning that they’re now indicted for various charges,” stated Clark. While the specific charges were not disclosed by Clark, she mentioned that the indictment details are currently confidential but will be made available to the public shortly.
Tragically, one-year-old Nicholas Dominici passed away following a suspected fentanyl encounter last week at the Divino Niño day care center.
Court records reveal that Brito is related to Mendez's husband as his cousin and resides in a bedroom inside the day care facility.
A document lodged in the Southern District of New York on Monday indicated that the accused were federally charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics leading to death and possession with the intent to distribute narcotics leading to death.
Both Mendez and Brito could receive life sentences based on these federal charges. Earlier, in the state court, they were charged with offenses including murder, manslaughter, assault, child endangerment, and illegal possession of a controlled substance, as per the court documents.
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