Father mourns tragic death of teen in tunnel gun case

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 12, 2017 10:32 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Kimberly Arendt, left, John Cramsey, center, and Dean Smith, are seen on a monitor during their video arraignment at Hudson County Courthouse, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Jersey City, N.J. The three were arrested on weapons charges when they were stopped before crossing the Holland Tunnel from New Jersey to New York while driving with a cache of weapons.

(Wilkes-Barre) -- The fate of three Pennsylvania residents who said they were on a rescue mission to help save a teenager from a New York heroin den, when they were stopped with a
cache of weapons, could soon be decided by a New Jersey judge.

But the story has already ended tragically for the teen at the center of the case.

James Patterson says his daughter, Jenea died of an apparent drug overdose last month at a hospital near Wilkes-Barre.

Patterson says the older of his two daughters had a good heart and enjoyed helping others, but started abusing prescription pills when she was 13.

Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez is to rule Monday on whether a police officer had probable cause to stop the car at the Holland Tunnel last June.

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