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U. Milford Township residents arrested near Holland Tunnel

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by April Peterson apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

Two Upper Milford Township men were arrested June 21 after law enforcement officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey allegedly found weapons and other gear during a traffic stop of their vehicle near the Holland Tunnel while the men and a Lehighton woman reportedly were en route to a location in New York.

According to media reports, John F. Cramsey, 50, and Dean S. Smith, 53, both of Zionsville and Kimberly Arendt, 29, of Lehighton, were in a sport utility vehicle when police stopped the vehicle for a visibly cracked windshield. A search of the vehicle revealed rifles and handguns, some reportedly loaded. Several media reports also listed drug paraphernalia and military gear, including night vision goggles, ammunition and tactical vests, among items found in the vehicle.

In an email to The Press from Joe Pentangelo, senior police public information officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, charges against Cramsey, Smith and Arendt were listed as unlawful possession of an assault rifle, unlawful possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a shotgun, possession of high capacity magazines, transportation of an assault rifle and transportation of high capacity magazines.

A preliminary hearing was held June 22 in Hudson County Court, Hudson, N.J., Pentangelo said by telephone.

“They are held on $75,000 cash bail,” Pentangelo said.

According to a social media post allegedly authored by John Cramsey, he, Smith and Arendt were headed to a hotel in Brooklyn, N.Y., “to extract a 16-year-old girl who went up there to party with a few friends.”

Cramsey reportedly is active in anti-drug efforts and among organizers of the anti-drug group Enough is Enough.

In a news story written by a freelance journalist for The Press (see page A2), the group Enough is Enough was formed “to make the public aware and to fight the increasing drug usage.”

In the story, Cramsey was described as owner of Higher Ground Tactical Indoor Range, 5402 Chestnut St., Upper Milford Township.

Several telephone calls to the range were met by a recorded message stating the voice mail box was full and “a message cannot be recorded at this time.”

Media accounts described Cramsey as the father of a 20-year-old woman who died of a heroin overdose in February.

The obituary for Alexandria Aurelia Cramsey in The Press earlier this year noted the young woman was a professional model and a ballet dancer.

“My daughter never used drugs until this one time. It was heroin laced with Fentanyl,” Cramsey said in an interview with a freelance journalist for The Press.

Fentanyl, a controlled substance, is a narcotic used to treat severe pain.

News headlines and stories described Cramsey and his passengers as a “anti-heroin crusaders,” “vigilantes” and “gun nuts.”

Posts to social media described Cramsey as a “charismatic personality” and “a person trying to make a difference.” Supporters were encouraged to pray for Cramsey, Smith and Arendt.

According to Pentangelo, the vehicle Cramsey, Smith and Arendt allegedly were in was stopped by Port Authority Police at the Holland Tunnel, N.J., Toll Plaza for the cracked windshield.

A search of the vehicle uncovered five pistols, an AR 15 assault rile, a 12-gauge shotgun, a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana pipe. See additional photos on Page A2.