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2 Michigan Men Arrested For Laundering Money For Hezbollah

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posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 07:46 PM
Two 20 year old men have been arrested and charged with money laundering for Hezbollah. Both Men, from Dearborn, Michigan, were apprehended in Marietta Ohio during a routine traffic stop. They were found to be carrying 11,000 dollars in cash, 12 cell phones, airline passenger lists and information on airport security. The men admitted to buying hundreds of cell phones and reselling them in Dearborn. Dearborn having a large Arab American population has been the focus of money raising on behalf of Hezbollah and Hamas, both officially terrorists organizations.
Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit with a large Arab-American population, has been a locus of U.S. investigations into money-raising on behalf of Hezbollah and Hamas, both groups that are on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.

The two men's alleged tie to Hezbollah was not detailed by authorities. Each was being held on $200,000 bond and neither had yet entered a plea to the charge, which carries a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.

Initially, the two men were charged with obstructing official business because they lied to police, the spokesman said, but those charges were dropped.

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Well, between the terrorist plot to destroy planes in flight from Britain to the US, and the 11 missing students from Egypt this one kinda makes me wonder. Would this arrest be just another case of profiling that has caused innocent people to be arrested? Or because of recent events was the law enforcement officer being more vigilant and noticed suspicious items or nervous people in a car pulled over for a routine traffic stop. I have a feeling that most will say it is the former. And if it actually is the latter and there evidence does come to light, chances are the press wont really pick up on it.

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mod edit, spelling/grammar, changed Ohio to Michigan in title

[edit on 11-8-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]

posted on Aug, 12 2006 @ 08:24 PM
Hear is another news report on a similar happening.

Officials have not said what they believe the men intended to do with the phones, most of which were prepaid TracFones. But Caro's police chief said cell phones can be used as detonators, and prosecutors in a similar case in Ohio have said that TracFones are often used by terrorists because they are not traceable.


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