Murder plots, using children to transport drugs, storing cocaine at a Baton Rouge day care center — those are among the allegations in an indictment of 39 people in what federal prosecutors are calling a “violent drug trafficking” network out of Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes.

U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Thursday announced the unsealing of the 58-page indictment, which alleges cocaine was being stored at Emmanuel Child Development and Learning Center, 1384 Swan Ave., Baton Rouge, and threats were made to use a hatchet to cut off the fingers of a man who owed money.

Those arrested, ranging in age from 20 to 57, include Demitoris “Big Tachi” Alexander, 49, and his son, Tachi J. Williams, 29, both of Gonzales, who were both arrested last year in an Ascension Parish homicide described as a “retaliatory slaying” in which nearly 50 shots were fired. The two, who allegedly had pulled up to the scene in a gold Porsche, face counts of second-degree murder, among others.

The defendants in the 29-month drug ring investigation, dubbed “Operation Third World,” are accused of planning sales of drugs, including Ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana, in 2013.

Some of the drugs traveled through Houston but likely have connections to Latin America, said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Shepherd.

“I want to equate this to cancer. It was an insidious group that was infecting Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas,” Shepherd said. “We’re the doctors. We’re the surgeons. So we diagnosed the problem.”

The operation took months of work by multiple agencies.

Though 39 people were charged in the indictment, only 38 were arrested, as one defendant, D’Andre Smith, was gunned down the day of the indictment.

During the most recent arrest, agents confiscated a stolen AR-15, cocaine, three handguns and cash believed to be proceeds from drug trade. During a previous operation, agents found more than $150,000 in cash.

The accused are:

Kelly D. Williams, 39, Baton Rouge

Charles C. London, 39, Baton Rouge

C’Prien C. Nicholas, 30, Gonzales

Demitoris C. Alexander, 49, Gonzales

Tachi J. Williams, 29, Gonzales

Artey D. Foulcard, 36, Franklin

Sylvester S. Smith, 35, Houston

Myron Chevelle Hart, 37, Baker

Donald Sanders Jr., 38, Gonzales

Derrick D. Hilliard, 38, Baton Rouge

Willie C. Lewis, 37, Baton Rouge

Sekari Davis Washington, 37, Zachary

Christopher Montrell Cooper, 21, Baton Rouge

Clarence White, 51, Baton Rouge

Vernon A. Powell, 34, Baton Rouge

Devon D. Foster, 36, Baton Rouge

Kenneth W. Gardner, 57, Zachary

Eric O’Neal Selders, 43, Independence

James Edward Allen, 32, Baton Rouge

Colin Y. Knox, 37, Baton Rouge

Dwan M. Delavallade, 38, Baton Rouge

Kelvin Ronelle Johnson, 37, Baton Rouge

Demarcus D. Norris, 38, Baton Rouge

Gerry Earl Griffin, 44, Baton Rouge

Kimberly Ann London, 37, Baton Rouge

Gregory C. Walker, 51, Donaldsonville

D’Andre Tavis Smith, deceased

Jeremy James Washington, 36, Donaldsonville

Rudy McVay Cain II, 28, Gonzales

Myron Derell Mills, 35, Gonzales

Johnny C. Alexander, 34, Baton Rouge

Andrea Rose Rumore, 33, Thibodaux

Stephanie A. Zeringue, 28, Thibodaux

Susan Lynn Zeringue, 32, Thibodaux

Ashley H. Hebert, 26, Thibodaux

Joseph D. Sergent, 34, New Orleans

Keeyon Mondrell Sanders, 33, Baton Rouge

Jerron Albritton, 20, Baton Rouge

Barbara Deyatta Jordon, 25, Baton Rouge.

Working on the investigation were the U.S. Attorney’s Office; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Louisiana State Police; Baton Rouge Police Department; the sheriff’s offices in West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville and Livingston parishes; and the Gonzales and Baker Police departments.