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Ohio Police Arrest Five Foreign Nationals, Seize Passports After Search During Traffic Stop Yields Unexpected Find


There is no terrorism link, however.

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Five foreign nationals are expected in court Thursday, after they were detained on an Ohio turnpike last Friday when police found forgery tools during a vehicle search.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol incident summary, the group of men were initially stopped for an improper lane change. Once stopped, officers executed a probable cause search, where they found a machine that creates and duplicates credit cards.

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All five men, Jibril Abdiselam, 24; Mohammeddeq Hassan, 27; Mahamoud Mohamed, 26; Zakaria Warsame, 25; and Said Abu, are from the Columbus, Ohio, area, according to WKYC-TV. Their charges range from drug possession and identity fraud to possessing criminal tools and forgery.

Each man is currently being held in the Trumbull County jail on $25,000 bond. As a result of their arrest, all five men had to surrender their passports.

The men are not suspected to be terrorists or to have any terrorist connections, officials said.

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