Despite efforts being made to raise awareness about its dangers, the heroin epidemic impacting South Jersey continues to grow.

One recent case making news happened last weekend when a Lower Township woman was arrested for trying to bring 250 bags of heroin on the Cape May Lewis Ferry.

Here is a press release from the Delaware River and Bay Authority concerning her arrest...

On Saturday, October 1, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) police arrested Dawn Corcoran, 45, of Lower Township, New Jersey inside the Cape May Ferry Terminal prior to boarding the 2:30 p.m. departure bound for Lewes, Delaware. The suspect was found in possession of 250 baggies of heroin hidden in her purse.


Pfc. David Santiago was screening foot passengers at the security checkpoint when the subject approached. As Officer Santiago opened her purse to search it for security reasons, Ms. Corcoran grabbed at the bag with both of her hands and attempted to flee to the women’s restroom. Acquiescing to a search, the police officer discovered a tightly wrapped rectangular cube of black tape.


At first, Ms. Corcoran stated that the package was a phone charger, but later admitted to the officer, “you got me, its drugs…it’s heroin.” Pfc. Santiago had discovered a package containing 250 baggies of heroin. The subject was escorted to Troop 2 and detained. Pfc. Santiago contacted the NJ State Police to inform them of the incident at the Ferry. An additional arrest warrant was issued for Ms. Corcoran for violating the terms of her parole.


The subject was transported to the Lower Township Police Department for arraignment before Lower Township Municipal Court Judge on charges of possession Controlled Deadly Substance (CDS) within 500 feet of a public park; possession of CDS (heroin) a schedule I, II, III or IV substance; and possession of CDS (heroin) a schedule I substance with the intent to distribute. Cash bail was set at $50,000. Following arraignment, Ms. Corcoran was transported to the Cape May County Department of Corrections facility."