Cache of weapons found inside van during Holland Tunnel traffic stop

Police arrested three heavily armed people near the Holland Tunnel on Tuesday morning.

Officials say they pulled over a vehicle for a cracked windshield around 8 a.m. near the New Jersey side of the tunnel.

Officials say they pulled over a vehicle for a cracked windshield around 8 a.m. near the New Jersey side of the tunnel. (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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