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3 arrested after trying to bring loaded rifles and handguns into New York City, police say

Holland Tunnel
The New Jersey entrance into the Holland Tunnel.
(Justin Lane / European Pressphoto Agency)

Three Pennsylvania residents face numerous charges after a cache of weapons was found inside a van that was stopped at the Holland Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to New York City. No link to terrorism is suspected.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police say officers stopped the van Tuesday morning in Jersey City for a cracked windshield.

A subsequent search uncovered multiple weapons in the vehicle, including rifles and handguns, some loaded, officials said.

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Fifty-year-old John Cramsey and 53-year-old Dean Smith, both of Zionsville, and 29-year-old Kimberly Arendt, of Lehighton, each face several weapons charges. They couldn’t be reached for comment.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing.

The van carried the name of an Allentown, Pa., gun range. Attempts to reach the business were unsuccessful.

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UPDATES:

3:09 p.m.: This article has been updated with the names of the three people who were arrested, as well as the fact that they all face weapons charges.

12:39 p.m.: This article has been updated with spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey saying that authorities don’t believe the incident at the Holland Tunnel is linked to terrorism.

This article was originally published at 10:34 a.m.


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