Drug suspect arrested again in Springfield after being released on bail last week

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police arrested a man on drug charges for the second time in less than a week on Wednesday.

Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News 25-year-old Jose Padilla was released on bail following his arrest last week, which was on charges of cocaine trafficking, breaking and entering, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on two police officers.

Officers ran into Padilla again on Wednesday, after stopping a vehicle on Wilcox Street night that was allegedly observed to be involved in a drug deal near the intersection of Bayonne and Saratoga Streets.

Walsh said inside the car was a digital scale with a white powder consistent with cocaine on it. Padilla, of Amherst, and his passenger 26-year-old Katelyn Martinez, were subsequently taken to police headquarters.

At the station, Walsh told 22News Padilla was found to have a bag of cocaine in his buttocks and refused to remove the bag. 

“When he sat down, it fell out and Mr. Padilla immediately put the bag into his mouth,” Walsh said. “As officers attempted to retrieve the bag, so Mr. Padilla would not ingest it, he eventually spit it out.”

Padilla is now charged with possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute, a subsequent offense. 

Martinez was also charged with possession of a Class B drug with the intent to distribute.

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