Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Running Drug Operation Out of Daycare

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A New York man has been charged after running a drug operation out of a daycare center and attempting to kill his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, Fox News reported. 

Lex Lloyd, 26, was sentenced to 14 years in prison plus five years of post-release supervision, on Monday, reports state.

“The defendant brazenly prepared narcotics near children’s toys and furniture at a fully functioning daycare center,”

District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly said in a press release.

“Countless children were put at risk because of this defendant’s behavior. In separate incidents, Lex Lloyd further endangered another child by attacking a romantic rival, who was with his son, and nearly killing the man in February 2021.”

The investigation revealed that Lloyd and Anthony Austin were conducting a

“narcotics business out of unlicensed day care facilities in Queens, Rosedale, and Hempstead,”

according to the outlet. Lloyd reportedly prepared cocaine in a daycare play area using acetone. Investigators retrieved 520 grams of cocaine, 50 oxycodone pills, two narcotics presses, and several bullets from Lloyd’s home, reports reveal.

Additionally, Lloyd was also charged with shooting a man in the back on Feb. 10, 2021, as the victim’s 3-year-old son sat in a car nearby. Investigators learned that Lloyd was dating the victim’s ex-girlfriend at the time. 

Lloyd was arrested along with 40 others as part of

“Operation Honeycomb.”

He pleaded guilty to

“second-degree attempted murder,  first-degree assault, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, first- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing.”

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