Cache of weapons found inside van during Holland Tunnel traffic stop

Three Pennsylvania residents in the van were taken into custody.

Three Pennsylvania residents in the van were taken into custody. (6/21/16)

JERSEY CITY - Police say a cache of weapons has been found inside a van that was stopped at the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City.

Three Pennsylvania residents in the van were taken into custody: 50-year-old John F. Cramsey, of Zionsville; 53-year-old Dean S. Smith, of Zionsville; and 29-year-old Kimberly Arendt, of Leighton.

They have been charged with possession of a weapon (a shotgun); transporting a weapon; possession of high-capacity magazines; transportation of high-capacity magazines; criminal possession of marijuana under 50 grams; possession of paraphernalia (a marijuana pipe); and possession of three prescription tablets labeled "legend."

Joe Pentangelo with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police says officers stopped the Dodge Durango on Tuesday around 8 a.m. for a cracked windshield.

A subsequent search uncovered multiple weapons in the vehicle, including two rifles, five pistols, and four knives. Some of the guns were loaded. One of the guns was reportedly on a seat and visible to a Port Authority officer. Police also found ballistic vests, a couple thousand rounds of ammunition, and a military-grade helmet. Further details about the vehicle's contents weren't immediately disclosed.

Pentangelo says that at this time officials do not believe the incident is terrorism-related. However, the Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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