Another Cell Phone Mystery
Local Links to Terrorist Arrests
Story by Sarah Kapis 8/10/2006 06:12 PM
Last week, the Grafton police pulled over 24-year-old Hashem Sayed for a routine traffic stop. But what they found in his car was far from routine. Patrolman Daniel Laymon recalls the scene, "There were multiple cell phones, roughly 150 to 200 cell phones from multiple retailers," he said.
Buying that many pre-paid phones is not a crime, but the police say it is unusual.
Less than a week later, the authorities in Marietta, Ohio, arrested 20-year-old Osma Sabhi Abulhassan and 20-year-old Ali Houssaiky. Washington County Sheriffs deputies seized several pre-paid cell phones and thousands of dollars in cash. Because of the incidents, Grafton police believe the events are connected.
"The department feels that there are a lot of similar circumstances and there are a lot of similarities between the activity there and the activity experienced here," said Patrolman Laymon.
The activity seems to be more than just a coincidence. All three men are from Dearborn, Michigan and all three gave similar reasons for buying the phones. Sayed said he was buying them to ship to California to sell for a profit. But Washington County's sheriff says that may not be the whole truth. "They are digital for detonating car bombs and they have a particular digital frequency and that's what they're using them for," said Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Mincks says the men also had instructions on how to obtain private flights and airplane passenger information.
"It also had some information concerning airport security and check points."
He says the two men apprehended in Ohio are linked to another man who is being investigated for possible terrorism. Now, police across the state have a warning for residents.
"Not that it's a crime," said Grafton Police Chief, Robert Beltner. "But we can check into it to make sure nothing illegal is going to take place with those phones."
THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MINUTE. MIDDLE EASTERN PEOPLE PURCHASESING MASS QUANTITIES OF CELL PHONES. ALL SEEM TO HAVE IN POSSESION INFORMATION ON AIRLINE FLIGHTS. MAJOR TERRORIST OPERATION STOPPED THAT INVOLVED AIRLINES AND HOME MADE BOMBS.
NOW ALL SUSPECTS ... UNFORTUNATELY NOT ENOUGH EVIDANCE TO CALL THEM THE TERRORISTS THAT THEY PROBALY ARE, ARE OF AGES BETWEEN 17 AND 25. MISSING EGYPTIANS IN THE SAME AGE RANGE. THE BROOTHERHOOD, AN EXTREMISTS ISLAMOFACIST GROUP FROM EGYPT THAT SUPPORT HEZBOLLAH AND HAMMAS , ALONG WITH AL-QUIEDA. SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT IN SMALLVILLE CLARK KENT.