Woman charged with cocaine trafficking at Springfield home where she ran daycare


A Springfield woman is facing drug charges for her alleged role in connection with trafficking cocaine out of her Pine Street home, where she ran a daycare center. 

The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office said 40-year-old Elsie Pereira was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine over 200 grams and conspiracy to violate drug laws.  

She was arraigned on March 6, at Springfield District Court. Bail was set at $2,000. 

Multiple agencies including detectives from State Police and inspectors from the United States Postal Service became aware of several suspicious packages addressed to Pereira at her Pine Street home in Springfield.

After obtaining a search warrant for the latest package, investigators say they found two kilograms, which is about 4.5 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of about $160,000. 

On March 5, authorities placed Pereira’s Pine Street home under surveillance, that’s when detectives saw numerous children being dropped off in the morning at that address. 

That same day, postal service officials called Pereira to pick up a package sent to her at the facility. Police say they took that plan, rather than execute a search warrant at the home where there was an active daycare. 

Pereira is said to have arrived at the post office around 6:45 p.m., where she signed for and took the parcel. Police stopped and arrested her as she exited the facility. 

The Department of Children and Families have been notified about the status of the daycare. 

Pereira is scheduled back in court on April 12.

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