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No decision on co-defendant's statement in tunnel gun cache case

VIDEO Cramsey hearing to continue in...

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - There's been a twist in the criminal case involving three people from our area who were on a mission to save a teen in a New York drug den.

John Cramsey. the alleged ringleader,  is now being called a "menace" by one of his co-defendants.

A hearing was held Wednesday to see if that statement would be allowed at trial, but no decision was made on the motions. The hearing will continue on July 6.

John Cramsey, Kimberly Arendt, and Dean Smith were stopped at the Holland Tunnel in New Jersey in June 2016.

The trio were traveling to New York to save a teen whose friend had overdosed.

The car had distinct marking from Cramsey's gun shop, Higher Ground Tactical. In the car, officers found a 12-gauge shotgun, an assault rifle with high-capacity magazines, five handguns, and knives.

If found guilty on all charges, Cramsey faces 35 years in prison. He turned down a plea deal that would have sent him to jail for three-and-a-half years.

Dean Smith and Kimberly Arendt have been accepted into the Pretrial Intervention program, a program for first-time offenders in New Jersey, which offers a chance at charges being dropped for the two.

A judge is deciding if a statement from Dean Smith to investigators will be allowed at Cramsey's trial.

Part of the recorded interview was played in court. Smith called Cramsey a "menace to society," and said he considered Cramsey a danger to himself and others.

Smith also told investigators Cramsey told Arendt to load a shotgun and shoot anyone who followed them.

If the judge doesn't allow the statements to be evidence at trial it could mean the charge of possessing weapons for an unlawful purpose could be dropped.


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