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.