3 arrested at New York-New Jersey tunnel with cache of weapons

Holland Tunnel Weapons Arrests

NEW YORK, June 21 (Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday morning with several rifles and handguns, some loaded, after police stopped them near the Holland Tunnel, a major crossing that connects New Jersey and New York City, authorities said.

Two men in their 50s and a woman in her 20s were arrested after police pulled their vehicle over at the toll plaza for a cracked windshield around 7:40 a.m. ET (1140 GMT) and discovered the cache of weapons, according to a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department, which patrols the tunnel.

The three were stopped on the New Jersey side of the tunnel, although it was not immediately clear where the vehicle was headed.

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A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kelly Langmesser, said counter-terrorism agents were not involved because the case had no "terrorism nexus." There is no immediate threat, she added.

A camouflage helmet with what appeared to be night-vision goggles was also taken from the vehicle, NBC 4 New York reported.

U.S. law enforcement, including New York City's massive counter-terrorism apparatus, has been on high alert since a gunman killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub on June 12 in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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3 People have been arrested at the Holland Tunnel in New York with approximately 3,000 rounds of ammo and multiple guns. JTTF investigating.
.@PANYNJ says big gun arrest near #HollandTunnel not believed to be terrorism-related.@JohnBathkeLive live will have details 2pm @News12NJ
They were stopped at the Jersey side of the Holland tunnel for a CRACKED WINDSHIELD. But stopped nonetheless.
Looks like I'll be riding my bike everywhere and looking for exits nervously for the forseeable future here in NYC. https://t.co/anfDyh84zy
So much for keeping low profile... Vehicle suspects in when caught @ #HollandTunnel w/cache of guns knives & ammo https://t.co/URcSJgabBL
NJ: Police says: No terrorism involved in arrests at Holland Tunnel, suspects likely in possession of guns for drug related activity.
Obviously BAD ppl if they had 2,000 rounds, guns loaded, & with ballistic vests. Enthusiasts? Right. Enthusiastic criminals. Holland tunnel
2 men in their 50s 1 woman in her 20s just arrested outside of Holland tunnel with mad loaded guns knives and vests. 😥

New York has some of the nation's strictest gun laws, including a ban on military-style assault weapons that on Monday survived a U.S. Supreme Court challenge.

It was not immediately clear if any of the weapons seized in Tuesday's arrest fit that description.

The investigation is continuing, authorities said.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Dan Grebler)

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