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(CNN) -- Three men authorities said were found with about 1,000 untraceable cell phones were arraigned Saturday on terror-related charges, and were believed to have been targeting a Michigan bridge, a prosecutor said.
The arrests in Caro were made three days after two men were arrested in Marietta, Ohio, where police said they piqued suspicions when they acknowledged buying about 600 cellphones in recent months at stores in the southeast section of the state.
As for why these men were buying cell phones, it is apparent that they were buying those special pre-paid cell phones that are locked into a pre-paid network. These phones are sold below cost because the companies make back their money by selling the MINUTES. (Give away the razors, sell the blades.) Recently, companies have found out how to unlock these cell phones to work with standard cellular networks. Thus, with a little work, a very cheap cell phone can be turned into a regular cell phone. There, apparently, is some good money in this. This also explains pockets in the story, like Wal-Mart trying to enforce a vendor's desire that no more then three be sold to a person.
Originally posted by Luxifero
Reselling phones for a profit if it's instigated by Muslims can easily be shown as a potential act of terrorism as is the case here. It's sad really, absolutely no evidence of involvment in terrorist activities or past history was given, except our unconditional acceptence of truth told by the authorities.
Originally posted by steve99
So what you are saying is that when something out of the ordinary happens like this. The authorities shouldn't check it out Cell phones are used in terror attacks, so when someone buys a hundred in one shot that shouldn't out a red flag up. It dosen't have to be muslim cowards just someone wanting to blow something up.
Officers were dispatched early Friday when the men aroused suspicion at a Caro Wal-Mart, where they purchased 80 prepaid wireless "TracFones" with cash, Caro Police Chief Ben Page said.
Police intercepted the men in the store's parking lot and found nearly 1,000 cell phones in the trio's rented minivan, authorities said. The phones were in boxes and had been removed from their packages with the phone batteries in separate boxes, Page said.
Authorities believe the men were either selling the phones to make money for terrorism or using them for explosives, WEYI reported.
The wife of one of the men told the AP her husband and his relatives are not terrorists, but are simply trying to make money by reselling cell phones.
TextCARO, Mich. - The FBI said Monday it had no information to indicate that the three Texas men arrested with about 1,000 cell phones in their van had any direct connection to known terrorist groups.