PA man pleads guilty to trying to take firearms through Holland Tunnel


JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Pennsylvania man arrested last year outside the Holland Tunnel in New York with a vehicle full of weapons pleaded guilty to weapons charges, but said he would do it all over again.

James Cramsey of East Greenville said he was on a mission with two other to save the live of a teenager from a drug den in New York City. He told a New Jersey judge he would do it all over again in order to save someone’s life.

The girl Cramsey said he was hoping to rescue died several months later of a drug overdose.

The three were arrested June 20th, 2017 outside the entrance to the Holland Tunnel with an SUV filled with weapons. It’s illegal to carry weapons or explosives through the tunnel.

Cramsey pleaded guilty in a New Jersey courtroom to unlawful possession of a gun and possession for an unlawful purpose. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years with no parole for a year. Cramsey’s attorney plans to seek probation.

Acquaintances say the Lehigh County gun range owner became an anti-drug crusader after his daughter died of an overdose. Cramsey posted online shortly before his arrest that he was heading from Pennsylvania to New York to “rescue” a girl whose friend had overdosed.


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