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Revoked Registration Leads to Arrest for Illegally-Possessed Gun and Ammo

Shortly after midnight on February 7, Massachusetts State Trooper Brett Bohl, assigned to the State Police-Springfield Barracks, was patrolling Main Street in Springfield when he observed a Toyota SUV with a revoked registration. Trooper Bohl activated his cruiser’s blue lights and stopped the Toyota at the intersection of Main and Liberty streets.


Trooper Bohl approached and informed the operator why the vehicle was stopped. After the Trooper identified the operator, he also requested identification from the passenger, JONATHAN SANTOS, 28, of Springfield, as he was not wearing a seatbelt. After a quick conversation with the occupants of the vehicle, Trooper Bohl requested a tow truck to respond for removal of the vehicle as it was not properly registered or insured. During an inventory of the SUV, the Trooper found a loaded 9mm Taurus pistol under the seat where SANTOS had been sitting. Neither occupant in the vehicle was licensed to carry firearms.


SANTOS was placed under arrest and transported to the Springfield Barracks for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $30,000. SANTOS was scheduled for arraignment at Springfield District Court on the following charges:


  1. Possession of a Firearm without FID Card;

  2. Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device;

  3. Improper Storage of a Large Capacity Firearm;

  4. Carrying a Loaded Firearm;

  5. Possession of Ammunition without FID Card; and

  6. Failure to Wear Seatbelt.




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