5th suspect arrested in alleged drug trafficking ring

4 kilograms of cocaine found inside storage locker; Gresseli Soto of Springfield charged

Grisseli Soto
Grisseli Soto (Photo courtesy: Hampden District Attorney’s Office)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The search of a storage unit led to the discovery of nearly nine pounds of cocaine, and the arrest of a fifth suspect allegedly involved in a drug trafficking ring.

Jim Leydon, spokesperson for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that Gresseli Soto, 38, of Springfield, is being charged with trafficking in cocaine greater than 200 grams and conspiracy to violate narcotic drug laws. Her arrest comes following the arrest of her husband, 42 year-old Jose Polaco, as well as 44 year-old Eveliz Gonzalez, 31 year-old Hiram Martinez, and 50 year-old Kimberly Spaeth-Barta.

4 kilos cocaine (Photo Courtesy: Hampden County District Attorney’s Office)
4 kilos cocaine (Photo Courtesy: Hampden County District Attorney’s Office)

According to Leydon, an investigation by the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force and U.S. Postal Inspectors revealed that Martinez and Spaeth-Barta were receiving deliveries of about 20 kilograms of cocaine each month from an organization in Puerto Rico. Gonzalez would allegedly facilitate these deliveries, which were eventually brought to Polcao.

4 arrested for large-scale cocaine trafficking ring in Springfield

Those four suspects were arrested following the execution of a search warrant, which turned up about four kilograms (approximately nine pounds) of cocaine on Tuesday. Leydon says they later learned that Polcao and Soto rented a storage unit together in the Springfield area. After receiving a search warrant for that storage locker on Wednesday, an additional four kilograms of cocaine was found.

Polcao, Gonzalez, Martinez, and Spaeth-Barta were all arraigned earlier this week in Springfield District Court, and held on bail ranging from $500,000 for Polcao to $5,000 for Gonzalez and Spaeth-Barta. Soto is also scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court.