NORTH CAPE MAY, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey woman is behind bars after attempting to board the Cape May Ferry with more than 200 bags of heroin in her purse.
According to officials, 45-year-old Dawn Corcoran, from Lower Township was trying to board the 2:30 p.m. ferry bound for Lewes, Del. on October 1 when she was stopped by the Delaware River and Bay Authority police screening foot passengers at the terminal’s security checkpoint.
Investigators say Officer David Santiago was conducting the searches and as he opened Corcoran’s purse to conduct the search, she grabbed the bag with both of her hands and tried to run into the women’s restroom. When she finally agreed to the search, authorities found a tightly wrapped rectangular cube of black tape inside. Initially, Corcoran told officers the item was a phone charger but investigators say she later told officers, “you got me, it’s drugs… it’s heroin.”
The heroin — all 250 baggies of it — was seized by police.
Corcoran was detained and later transported to Lower Township Police Department where she was arraigned on charges of possession of a Controlled Deadly Substance within 500 feet of a public park and possession of a Controlled Deadly Substance with intent to distribute, among other charges. She was also charged with violating her parole.
Her bail was set at $50,000 and she was transported to Cape May County Department of Corrections.