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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man arrested last week on gun trafficking charges has been released on a small bond “to resume his employment as a high school security officer,” District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Tuesday.

According to Jim Leydon, spokesman for the Hampden District Attorney, state police and the Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce arrested the 44-year-old Pablo Correa of Springfield at his home last Tuesday. Correa is allegedly a local arms dealer and has been under investigation for several months. He was arraigned last Wednesday on the following charges:

  • Possession of a firearm without a license (six counts)
  • Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device (five counts)
  • Obscuring the serial number of a firearm (two counts)
  • Possession of ammunition without permission

The state asked for bail of $50,000, but the court set Correa’s bail at $10,000. According to court documents, one of the reasons the judge set bail lower was the defendant’s employment history. He is currently a security guard at the High School of Science and Technology in Springfield. It is currently unknown if he will return to school.

Correa posted bail and was released the same day. Gulluni sent 22News the following statement:

“It is both disheartening and frustrating when defendants charged with serious gun offenses are continually sent back into the community. But to understand in this case that the judge’s rationale for releasing this individual was to put him back in his job as a high school security guard is unconscionable and astonishing. We will not make progress in combating gun violence if we do not hold accountable those who supply guns to those seeking to commit violent acts on our streets. Downplaying the harm associated with the alleged possession and distribution of these types of weapons is detrimental to public safety and puts members of law enforcement at risk.”

“I thank the members of my office’s SAFE Unit for bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion and taking a dangerous individual into custody, albeit briefly. Additionally, I want to thank Springfield Public Schools for responding quickly when they learned of the defendant’s bail. We will continue to fight for what is right and ensure that everyone in every neighborhood is safe.”

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni

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