Man charged with driving around Dorchester with high-powered weaponry after companion nabbed on heroin charges, police say

A lot of guns and ammo

Boston Police report arresting a 29-year-old Winthrop woman after they say officers watched her buy some heroin at a Dorchester Kentucky Fried Chicken - and her 70-year-old companion, whom they say was packing a loaded gun and driving an SUV equipped with an "AR-15 style" rifle, ten clips for it and body armor.

Police say officers were staking out the intersection of Columbia Road and Massachusetts Avenue to look for possible drug transactions around 1:15 p.m. yesterday when they noticed Krista McCaffrey, 29, "engage in what officers believed from their training and experience to be a drug transaction" inside the chicken joint. When she left and got into a Ford Explorer, they kept it from leaving and asked her to step out. She then produced "a plastic bag of a brown powdered substance believed to be heroin," police say. Officers arrested her on a charge of heroin possession and for warrants for unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of class E drugs out of South Boston Municipal Court, police say.

The officers then turned their attention to the driver of the SUV, Stephen J. White, 70, of Winthrop, who acknowledged to police he was armed - with "a loaded Para Hi-Cap P12 .45 caliber firearm." Officers then looked around his vehicle, where they found "a Windham Mecal 223 AR-15 style rifle with a folding stock and flash suppressor, ten loaded high capacity magazines, and a black tactical ballistic body armor vest," police say.

White was charged with unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm and ten counts of unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device - as well as knowingly being present where heroin is kept, police say.

In a statement, Police Commissioner William Evans said there's no need for anybody to be wandering around Boston with that sort of weaponry:

There is no need for any citizen in the city of Boston to be carrying high powered weapons of this kind, and there are just too many of these guns out there. My greatest concern is the safety of our residents and neighborhoods, and my officers and I will continue to do our part to keep high capacity firearms and assault rifles off the streets of Boston and out of the wrong hands.

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OK, maybe it's the four-easter, but...

In no particular order, the BPD write up headlines "One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Man with Assault Rifle and Over 350 Rounds of Ammunition in his Vehicle"
There are two guns. Still, good job.

If I'm not mistaken, the law says if you're over 65, you can carry any kind of gun you want. It's called an elderly exemption law.

Anyway, if you are 70 and have a 29 year old heroin addicted girlfriend, you need all the firepower you can get. Also, you need her to help you carry around all that ammo. But really, a " flash suppressor"? After the first hundred rounds or so, they pretty much know where you are.

"...and out of the wrong hands." I guess so. Good catch, BPD.

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The flash suppressor doesn't

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The flash suppressor doesn't hide the flash from other people, it hides it from the person sighting down the barrel, so as not to spoil their vision in low light.

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Wrong.

If you use high capacity magazine clips, it'll hide the flash, noise AND direct the bullet round to the target, like a laser.

Or you can just shoot during the day.

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Only shooting in the daytime

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That's a fantastic idea, why don't we just get everyone to agree that they'll only attack us in the daytime?

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Attack?

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Are you a drug dealer? An arms dealer? What kind of attack are you afraid of?

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Is that true?

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If I'm not mistaken, the law says if you're over 65, you can carry any kind of gun you want. It's called an elderly exemption law.

I couldn't find that in 3 minutes of Googling. Is that really true?

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No, only thing in state law

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No, only thing in state law is over age 70 firearm license renewals are free.

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Partly wrong

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If you're that old, you probably own lots of pre-1994 stuff that you get to keep and carry per the terms of your LTC. All nice and legal.

By the same token, if I purchased a pre-1994 AR-15 style rifle before July 2016, I get to keep it and buy all the pre-1994 >10 round magazines I can find.

And as noted, LTC renewal fees are waived after a certain age.

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Nope

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Not true. Age is no difference - unless you are talking about a musket.

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You basturds kill me, had

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You basturds kill me, had this been a black dude it would be all types of crazy comments, this dude is in the hood selling drugs with his girl yet he still gets the excuses ...I fucking racist ass fuckers hate u all

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Actually you are wrong. If

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Actually you are wrong. If you notice, everytime there is a post about soneone getting shot in Roxbury, Dorchester, or Mattapan the comments to such posts are nowhere to be found.

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Selling or buying?

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White guys with big guns is nothing new. Go to one of those shooting ranges up north and see for yourself. One of them even referred to glocks as the Dorchester Special, insinuating it was a sh*t gun.

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Good question

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Was gramps buying and selling guns and ammo while the young woman was buying and selling drugs?

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Yup

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Racist. Of course, what would the reaction be if a 70 year old black man was found with this gun? Exactly the same as above? Probably, but morons like you still see racism as the answer to everything.

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One tiny point

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They weren't selling. They were buying. Or technically she was buying and he was along for the ride.

Either way, I don't see any sympathy for this guy. The girl, sort of, but not from me. It's sad what happened to her, judging from the press clippings someone gave us, but she needs help more than sympathy.

My advice is to not read comments to stories at this website. It will make you feel better.

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-No such thing as an elderly

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-No such thing as an elderly exemption. Though a lot of old timers that had their "lifetime" licenses voided in 1998 by Senator Jacques stopped giving a rats ass about the law.

-Not "clips" but magazines. Embarrassing that the PD can't get that right as professionals supposedly knowledgeable in the subject matter. If is a box with a spring it is a magazine. If it doesn't it's a clip. It's in league with mistaking a motorcycle for a bicycle.

-Looks like a short barreled rifle which without a federal tax stamp from the ATF is a big time federal felony should the Commonwealth feel inclined to push for a federal prosecution.

All the drugs and gear must have cost a hefty amount of coin. Wonder what group these bozos were working for. Has to be a bigger group with a lot of drugs and cash to be driving around with that much and expensive hardware.

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Adam said that not the BPD....

Not "clips" but magazines. Embarrassing that the PD can't get that right as professionals supposedly knowledgeable in the subject matter. If is a box with a spring it is a magazine. If it doesn't it's a clip. It's in league with mistaking a motorcycle for a bicycle.

They use the term magazine in the link.

Not sure about the rifle length. No MA law regarding rifle length, only shotguns I think.

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Research Needed

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He could have been legally possessing the .45. In that case, the .45 may make it's way back onto "the streets" pretty soon. I'm guessing he will lose his LTC, but maybe he retains rights to sell the .45 to someone else with a LTC. Research needed before we get up in arms over the one/two gun issue.

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Citation?

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Do you have a link for the over 70 free for all exemption? All I can find about 70 year olds in the law is this section: (10) Any person over the age of 70 shall be exempt from the requirement of paying a renewal fee for a firearm identification card.

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They always do that

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"One Less Gun" is their default intro for all headlines about seized guns.

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He wasn't wearing the body armor

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Were they transporting the AR, mags, ammo, and armor in connection with purchase or sale? Rather than being loaded just in case a drug deal went bad and they needed to take out an entire high-rise?

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Addiction is sad

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Posted Apr 3, 2006
BOURNE -- Two teenage girls are facing criminal charges after leading state and local police on a Saturday night chase that began on the Cape and ended north of the Sagamore Rotary.
Just after 9 p.m. Saturday, Lindsay Ellis, 17, of Sandwich was driving a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta northbound on Route 130 when a Sandwich police officer tried to stop her for speeding, Sandwich police Sgt. Terence Murphy said yesterday. But rather than pulling over, Ellis swerved into the breakdown lane, sped up, hit a guardrail and spun out, Murphy said.
The car came to a rest beneath a Route 6 overpass with at least one flat tire. Undeterred, Ellis drove the hobbled car across a grass highway barrier and onto Route 6 westbound with Sandwich police in pursuit, Murphy said. State police soon entered the chase, following the Jetta beyond the Sagamore Rotary onto Route — northbound. A state police spokeswoman, Lt. Sharon Costine, said troopers used a ″tire deflation device″ to further cripple the Jetta, which eventually stopped someplace north of the rotary. Costine was unable to say exactly where the car stopped. State police charged Ellis with drunken driving, failure to stop for a police officer, illegal possession of alcohol and several other motor vehicle violations.
Her passenger, Krista McCaffrey, 18, of Forestdale was charged with illegal possession of alcohol, Costine said.
http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20060403/news01/304039999

March 2013
Danvers
A 9:47 p.m. report of shoplifting at CVS, 1 Maple St., resulted in the arrests of Nicole McCarthy, 22, of 7 Heritage Drive, Salem, and Krista McCaffrey, 24, of 32 Cedar St., Everett, each on a charge of shoplifting.
http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/police-fire/article_b5734c94-52...

Apr 24, 2013
At 11:43 p.m. police arrested Krista McCaffrey, age 25, of Braintree for drug possession and James Pearson, 27 of Braintree for operating under the influencee of drugs.
https://patch.com/massachusetts/weymouth/police-log-oui-arrests-assault-...

7/30/2014
Arrestee: Krista Mccaffrey (Age: 26)
32 Cedar St Everett, Ma 02149
15 Congress Ave
Charge(S): Drug, Possess Class E
Arrest Warrant
http://www.chelsearecord.com/2014/08/14/police-briefs-08-14-2014/

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Drugs

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Well this is why we need to have stuff penalties for dealers. Get that stuff off the streets. Mayor Walsh is happy with the status quo.

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So first she lived at 32

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So first she lived at 32 Cedar Strreet, Everett, then Braintree, then 32 Cedar Street, Everett again? That adds to the sadness. Addiction fucking sucks. It never leaves and never gets cured. I know what she's going through.

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How does the Russell

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How does the Russell Elementary School and Boston Collegiate Charter School feel about Mr White? The dealing and possession of guns and ammo are in a School Zone happened in a School Zone, Dorchester is not just a place to cop, we live here and we don't like this.

Mr White is every parents nightmare. all we needed was for him to get triggered by some high school kids getting a few wings.

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School Zone

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This incident happened in a School Zone that includes the Russell Elementary School, Boston Collegiate Charter School and a park. Dealers are using our streets as a bad b movie and are DANGEROUS to our children and ourselves. They need to throw the book at this guy, he was armed for something. What if he was triggered by a bunch of kids going to get wings? Pleasant St ,the Polish Triangle are residential neighborhoods, The Russell is full of childr schools are full of children. Dealers are known to deliver, so they can order to Winthrop, not my neighborhood!!

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Man charged while driving around Dorchester

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While I respect everyone’s entitlement to an opinion, I hope that you will read mine. This man is my father, grandfather to my children, and great grandfather as well. With all of the horrible acts being committed in the world today, I understand how it is easy to assume that his intentions are other than honorable. I can one hundred percent, without any doubt, say that my father is not a threat to society, nor is he a terrorist.

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Are you for real?

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Nobody carrying a weapon of mass destruction and a car load of ammo to a drug deal with any form of good intent.

Nobody.

Not even in horrifically scary "urban" Dorchester.

SMH. I'm finding it tough to believe that there are actual real people who think like you do and then expect anyone to agree with their "reasoning".

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Please understand this

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Most of us hear on the news about horrible events involving a stockpile of weapons
Ike described in this article and wonder if anything could have been done to prevent the carnage. You might not think he is a threat, and hopefully at this stage his threat was minimal, but he could have been well on the way to being the lead on national news.

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Jihadists on the highway

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NBC Boston reports White had bail set at $7,500, was ordered to hand over all his guns to Winthrop Police and that he allegedly told arresting officers he had all the stuff in his car to protect himself from "jihadists on the highway."

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In scary Dorchester!

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We all need to carry a freaking arsenal in Dorchester you know - all those jihadis in Dorchester!

Everyone knows ... DORCHESTER.

He's not a bad man - he was just involved in a drug deal in Dorchester! While white!

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Sick delusional pedophile.

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It’s very scary to think someone this sick and delusional has access to these types of weapons. Especially today’s day and age. I sure hope they throw the book at him. Being in a school zone. Yeah he’s a real good guy, preying on the sick and suffering. Buying her Heroin. So she’ll stick around. Obviously if this girl wasn’t strung out she wouldn’t be hanging out with a sick dirty 70 year old man. He’s old enough to be her grandfather. It’s really sick. But hey, this is probably the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Get this pedophile away from her. And hopefully she can get the help she obviously needs. And whoever said “parents worse nightmare” was dead on. His own neighbors were afraid to say anything on tv. They just said he is not a good guy. “Jihadist on the highway” he has ties to the US Military? Seriously? Delusional! Sicko. He was just conducting tests on how to address the situation, but then decided to make a stop at KFC for a drug deal... scary... good work, drug control! Throw the book at this weirdo...

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Pedophile?

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Methinks that someone doesn’t know what that word means.

These two might have made a series of bad choices, but their relationship does no go anywhere near pedophilia.

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Whoh

Yeah. Good catch - A 29 year old woman isn't a child. We also don't know what their relationship was.

Monica Lewinski had been a legal adult for 5 years at the time of that scandal, and yet I've heard that spoken of as pedophilia, too. Lets not deny grown women their agency.

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Ignorance is everywhere

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You people dont know this man. You don't know that he cared for his sick wife for 3 years while she fought the incredibly disturbing disease ALS. You also don't know that he took that girl to a rehab that morning to get her help. While his choices in woman aren't necessarily socially acceptable, he is not a pedophile BC obviously that girl is 30 years old. And you also don't know that the only neighbor that was too scared to be on camera, didn't know him at all BC she hasn't lived there long. He's not A terrorist, he's not a drug dealer, or a drug user, he is a widow and a father, grandfather and a great grandfather.

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