Springfield police seize ghost gun during traffic stop

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SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police officers arrested two individuals and recovered a loaded “ghost gun” following a traffic stop on Saturday, Dec. 23, at approximately 8:35 p.m. near the intersection of Wilbraham Road and Byron Street.

The officers initially pulled over a vehicle at around 8:25 p.m. for a defective headlight.

Upon approaching the car, they noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana and observed smoke filling the interior.

The driver, identified as 21-year-old Matthew Callender, was accompanied by two 17-year-old juveniles.

After determining that Callender and the passengers appeared to be under the influence, officers offered them the option to contact a licensed driver to take control of the vehicle, which they declined.

Subsequently, Callender was arrested for operating under the influence of drugs (OUI – Drugs).

During a search of the vehicle, police discovered a loaded ghost gun and arrested one of the 17-year-old males on firearms charges.

They also found additional marijuana, cash, and packaging material.

The juvenile’s name and detailed charges are withheld due to his age.

Callender, a Springfield resident, faces multiple charges including OUI – Drugs, conspiracy to violate drug law, possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug, and a headlight violation.

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