Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cops arrested suspects carrying heroin near Holland Tunnel

A law enforcement source said several bags of heroin were found in the Jeep and strewn nearby in the tunnel.

A law enforcement source said several bags of heroin were found in the Jeep and strewn nearby in the tunnel.

The two suspects arrested after trying to run over a cop in the Holland Tunnel were carrying heroin and fleeing a drugstore robbery, officials revealed Saturday.

The duo robbed a Jersey City pharmacy just before 6 p.m. Friday and tried to escape by racing toward Manhattan, officials said.

When they recklessly crossed five lanes of traffic in the approach to the tunnel, a Port Authority cop flagged them down.

The Jeep's driver - Jahaad Sanders, 19, of Brooklyn - then panicked and floored the gas pedal, causing cops to open fire on the vehicle. Sanders was hit in the left forearm and crashed the Jeep. He and his passenger, Lorenzo Dease, 24, of Brooklyn, tried to escape on foot but were chased down by police.

A law enforcement source said several bags of heroin were found in the Jeep and strewn nearby in the tunnel.

Sanders was still in Bellevue Hospital Saturday. Both men have lengthy prior arrest records and were arraigned on charges of weapons possession, grand larceny and burglary, officials said. One cop suffered minor injuries.

"He's always had problems," said Sander's foster mother, Elenora Sanders.

"He just came home from Rikers last year for holding up a drugstore in Manhattan."

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