Ghost Guns and 3D Printers Discovered in East Harlem Day Care

Authorities in New York City have uncovered ghost guns and 3D printers at Alay’s Day Care in East Harlem, leading to the arrest of three individuals, including an 18-year-old and two minors. The discovery was made on East 117th Street between Park and Madison Avenues after the NYPD executed search warrants.

According to NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Rebecca Weiner, the search revealed a 3D printer, related equipment, and several 3D printed firearms, including an assault pistol. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg stated the charges would encompass illegal firearms possession, assault weapon manufacturing, and reckless endangerment.

Mayor Eric Adams expressed his dismay at the revelation, emphasizing the need for additional inspection criteria to ensure the safety of children in day care facilities. The question of whether day care centers might have 3D printers capable of producing firearms or the presence of hazardous substances such as fentanyl is now of paramount concern.

The 18-year-old arrested, Jamal Coley, resides in the same house as the day care, which is operated by his mother. The NYPD has not commented on any potential charges against her as the investigation continues.

In light of a recent incident where a child died due to fentanyl exposure at a Bronx day care, Mayor Adams is advocating for revisions to the day care inspection process. The possibility of NYPD involvement in future inspections is being considered.

Mayor Adams remarked, “There’s an extensive process already in place. But we are dealing with a new enemy. And we have to stay ahead of those who are finding creative ways to create dangerous environments.”

The Health Department confirmed that Alay’s Day Care has been operational since 2021. While a recent inspection in February cited health and hygiene concerns, corrective action was taken. Mayor Adams has initiated a thorough review to determine enhancements in day care inspections and provide guidance to parents on potential warning signs.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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