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Man caught in Holland Tunnel with weapons arsenal pleads guilty

A Pennsylvania anti-opioid crusader was arrested with a pile of weapons, claiming he was going to a drug den to rescue a teen.
From left to right: John Cramsey with Arendt and Smith in Cramsey's truck. (Photo via Facebook)
From left to right: John Cramsey with Arendt and Smith in Cramsey's truck. (Photo via Facebook)

After being caught with an arsenal of firearms in the Holland Tunnel, a Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to weapons charges.

John Cramsey, 52, was arrested in June 2016, claiming he was on a mission to save a teenager who had allegedly been trapped inside of a drug den in Brooklyn, ABC7 reported. He was stopped on the New Jersey section of the tunnel while riding with two other individuals, Dean Smith and Kimberly Arendt, also of Pennsylvania, who were allowed to enter a pretrial intervention program and avoid trial after they pleaded guilty to a series of weapons charges.

The teen Cramsey had been on his way to rescue, Jenea Patterson, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, overdosed and died at age 18 just months later, following the same path of Cramsey's daughter, who died last year.

After his hearing Monday, he said despite the consequences, he wouldn’t have given up on his mission, stating, "I would have carried her out if I'd had the chance," ABC7 reported. "I still would to this day. If I'd had to leave my truck there and run to get that girl, I would have."

Cramsey describes himself as a crusader against opioid abuse, motivated by his daughter’s death from a combination of heroin and fentanyl, Pix11 reported.

Under the current charges, Cramsey may face under one year in prison with a chance to receive probation.