U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is ramping up the drug war in South Boston, bringing in the feds to rescue the opiate-ravaged neighborhood from a worsening “crisis” highlighted by the alleged drug-fueled slaying of a beloved grandmother, reports the Boston Herald. Lynch said the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will be able to track shipments to the area and can pursue leads outside of Massachusetts to stem the flow of drugs into South Boston.
“We're seeing a lot of problems here as a direct result of importation issues,” said Lynch, a Democrat raised in South Boston's housing projects. “The DEA brings a whole set of resources that we don't have locally. They can operate interstate and sometimes that's the pressure point we have to work at.” Lynch called in the DEA as anger over South Boston's drug scourge boiled over in the wake of the slaying of Barbara Coyne, 67. Prosecutors say her alleged killer, 26-year-old Timothy Kostka, slit her throat during a break-in and later cashed her winning lottery ticket and bought heroin. Former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn said he brought the DEA into South Boston in the early 1990s when Whitey Bulger's crew was flooding the city with drugs. DEA agents also worked closely with Boston police during a drug-fueled teen suicide crisis in the late '90s.