4 arrested for large-scale cocaine trafficking ring in Springfield

The suspects were allegedly receiving packages of cocaine from Puerto Rico

Left to right: Hiriam Martinez, Kimberly Spaeth-Barta, Eveliz Gonzalez, Jose Polanco
Photos courtesy Hampden County District Attorney's Office
Left to right: Hiriam Martinez, Kimberly Spaeth-Barta, Eveliz Gonzalez, Jose Polanco Photos courtesy Hampden County District Attorney's Office

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Nearly nine pounds of cocaine and $50,000 were recovered by police during the arrests of four suspects believed to be part of a large-scale drug operation in Springfield.

Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Leydon said the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force began an investigation after becoming aware of a cocaine importation and trafficking ring in the Springfield area.

Photo courtesy Hampden County District Attorney's Office
Photo courtesy Hampden County District Attorney’s Office

The investigation revealed 31-year-old Hiram Martinez and 50-year-old Kimberly Spaeth-Barta were receiving more than 40 pounds of cocaine per month in packages from Puerto Rico. Leydon said 44-year-old Eveliz Gonzalez would then allegedly facilitate deliveries that were eventually brought to 42-year-old Jose Polanco.

An ensuing search warrant was executed on Tuesday, leading to their arrests.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News police worked hard to get these drugs off the streets; “These people, it wasn’t their first time, they were doing it quite often and they were bringing a lot of drugs into the area. And when there’s drugs, there’s guns, and when there’s guns, there’s violence.”

The suspects are all being charged with trafficking in cocaine greater than 200 grams and conspiracy to violate narcotic drug laws. They are scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court.

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