Bloomberg says the Tennessee nurse arrested on a gun charge had cocaine too, without the ‘alleged’ part

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Michael Bloomberg talks. (Azi Paybarah, via flickr)
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A Tennessee woman with a permit to carry a gun in her home state was arrested in Lower Manhattan when she tried to check a weapon she was carrying with a police officer at the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

When asked whether the woman deserved any leniency, Mayor Michael Bloomberg indicated to reporters at a press conference in Brooklyn today that she had other problems.

"Let's assume she didn't get arrested for carrying a gun," he said. "She probably would have gotten arrested for the cocaine that was in her pocket."

At the time of her arrest, officials did not make any mention of drugs being found on the woman, identified as Meredith Graves, a 39-year-old registered nurse and fourth-year medical student.

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The police report on the arrest refers to the pistol she was carrying and two "glassine envelopes of alleged cocaine."



But when I asked the Manhattan district attorney's office afterward whether the woman actually had cocaine in her pocket, a spokesman told me that she did not.

Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser emailed me just now in response to the same question:

"As I reminded after the press conference, if a police officer thinks you have drugs, you get arrested for suspected drug possession, if they think you have a gun you get arrested for gun possession. This individual was arrested for both.

"But before DAs charge people for drug possession, they test to make sure it’s drugs.

"She had white powder in two glassine envelopes. She was arrested for suspected cocaine possession. But I am not aware of the lab report being back yet."

The mayor has been an outspoken advocate for stricter gun-control laws and successfully fought against a federal law that would have allowed gun owners with legal permits in their home states to carry their weapons in states whose laws prohibit it.