Police: Two Jersey City men arrested for using cocaine inside PATH bathroom

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Two Jersey City men were arrested for allegedly sniffing cocaine off of a garbage can inside the men’s bathroom at 1 PATH Plaza in Journal Square, police said.

James McLaurin and Lawrence Blackwell. Photos courtesy of Port Authority police.
James McLaurin and Lawrence Blackwell. Photos courtesy of Port Authority police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

James McLaurin, 64, and Lawrence Blackwell, 49, both of Jersey City, were charged with use of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine), according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

Additionally, Blackwell was charged with possession of CDS (crack pipe) and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes (knife), authorities said.

Inside 1 Path Plaza in Jersey City at about 9:30 pm on Tuesday, Port Authority police saw the suspects sniffing a white powder from the top of a garbage can inside the PATH station men’s room, officials said.

As a result, the suspects were placed under arrest. Furthermore, Blackwell had an open warrant out of Hudson County and McLaurin had two outstanding arrest warrants out of Jersey City, police said.

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