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Passenger terminal for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in New Jersey.

October 11, 2016

Police: Woman arrested with 250 bags of heroin trying to board ferry at Jersey Shore

A South Jersey woman was arrested for allegedly possessing 250 bags of heroin while attempting to board the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, police announced Tuesday.

Dawn Corcoran, 45, of Lower Township, was taken into custody on Oct. 1 at the ferry terminal in Cape May, the Delaware River and Bay Authority police said.

Authorities said Corcoran approached the security checkpoint with a purse. As an officer attempted to conduct a search, Corcoran snatched the purse and tried to flee to a nearby bathroom. When she eventually agreed to a search, the officer found a tightly wrapped rectangular cube of black tape.

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Corcoran initially claimed the package was a phone charger before allegedly admitting, "You got me, it's drugs. It's heroin." Officers seized a total of 250 bags of heroin.

Corcoran is facing charges of possession of a controlled deadly substance (CDS), possession of a CDS within 500 feet of a public park and possession of a CDS with the intent to distribute.

She was sent to the Cape May County Department of Corrections facility on $50,000 bail.