Police: Woman Arrested Attempting To Board Cape May Ferry With 250 Bags Of Heroin

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.



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  1. MRMX71 says:

    Stop the drug war with objective of shutting down the black market. The drug war has failed. The drug war is driving the problems, not fixing them. Decriminalization/legalization is necessary, it needs to be backed up with public health announcements explaining exactly why it is needed. Its not in any way condoning the abuse of addictors, it is done bc the alternative, the drug war, has made things infinitely worse on almost every level, to include making drugs abundantly available to any & all that wants them.
    We need to pull LE out of the drug biz – that will free up a lot of resources currently chasing their collective tails. When the laws create more harm and cause more damage than they prevent, its time to change the laws. The $1 TRILLION so-called war on drugs is a massive big government failure – on nearly every single level. Its way past time to put the cartels & black market drug dealers out of business. Mass incarceration has failed. We cant even keep drugs out of a contained & controlled environment like prison.
    We need the science of addiction causation to guide prevention, treatment, recovery & public policies. Otherwise, things will inexorably just continue to worsen & no progress will be made. Addiction causation research has continued to show that some people (suffering with addiction) have a “hypo-active endogenous opioid/reward system.” This is the (real) brain disease, making addiction a symptom, not a disease itself. One disease, one pathology. Policy must be made reflecting addiction(s) as a health issue.
    The war on drugs is an apotheosis of the largest & longest war failure in history. It actually exposes our children to more harm & risk and does not protect them whatsoever. In all actuality, the war on drugs is nothing more than an international projection of a domestic psychosis. It is not the “great child protection act,” its actually the complete opposite.
    The lesson is clear: Drug laws do not stop people from harming themselves, but they do cause addicts to commit crimes and harm others. We need a new approach that decriminalizes the disease. We must protect society from the collateral damage of addiction and stop waging war on ourselves. We need common sense harm reduction approaches desperately. MAT (medication assisted treatment) and HAT (heroin assisted treatment) must be available options. Of course, MJ should not be a sched drug at all.
    Every human being is precious, worthy of love and belonging, and deserves opportunities to fulfill his or her potential regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made.

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