Knife found “artfully concealed” on Muslim boarding plane in Detroit to Yemen

10 September 2006: A 21 year-old Detroit area resident Mohammed GHANEM, a native of Yemen, was stopped on Thursday at Detroit Metro Airport by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security officials after they detected that GHANEM was purposely and “artfully” concealing a knife in a phone book he was carrying onto air airplane. The inside of the book was “carved out” and the knife was placed in the hollowed-out area of the book. GHANEM had a one-way ticket to Yemen where he was reportedly traveling to be married, according to police officials.

On Saturday, a judge in Romulus, Michigan set his bond at $500,000.He had been arraigned in Romulus district court on a felony charge of possessing a weapon in an airport, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. When questioned by federal officials at the Detroit airport, GHANEM denied any knowledge of the knife or how it became part of his carry-on baggage.

According to GHANEM’S attorney, Nabih Ayad, GHANEM was born in Yemen and is now a legal permanent resident of the U.S. where he lives in Hamtramck, MI with family members. He works as a bus boy in a Coney Island in the metro Detroit area. Currently, GHANEM remains in a Wayne County, Michigan jail

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