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Cramsey, Smith and Arendt enter not guilty pleas

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by April Peterson apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

Three area residents pleaded not guilty Oct. 31 on charges they had firearms and other weapons when police stopped them near the Holland Tunnel in June.

According to media reports, John F. Cramsey, Dean S. Smith and Kimberly A. Arendt entered pleas of not guilty in Hudson County, N. J.

According to an indictment released by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County Criminal Division, Cramsey, Smith and Arendt are charged with 62 counts total including charges of possession and transportation of firearms and knives and possession of ammunition. They are also charged with possessing firearms without permits, proper licensing or registration to carry such weapons in New Jersey.

New Jersey Port Authority Police stopped Cramsey, Smith and Arendt around 7:20 a.m. June 21 at the Holland Tunnel, N.J. Toll Plaza, for an alleged cracked windshield, according to authorities at the time of the arrest in June.

Weapons listed on the indictment include a semiautomatic assault rifle, a .12-gauge shotgun, several handguns, including a .9mm semiautomatic pistol, ammunition and several knives.

The Press reported in June that, 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” at the time of the traffic stop and subsequent arrest.

Cramsey reportedly became active in anti-drug efforts after his daughter died of a drug overdose in February.

In June, news headlines and stories described Cramsey and his passengers as a “anti-heroin crusaders,” “vigilantes” and “gun nuts” while posts to social media described Cramsey as a “charismatic personality” and “a person trying to make a difference.”

At that time, supporters were encouraged to pray for Cramsey, Smith and Arendt.

In June Arendt was reported to live in Lehighton. Smith was listed by New Jersey law enforcement authorities as being a resident of Whitehall. Cramsey was reported to live in and own a business in Upper Milford Township.