Five foreign nationals accused of possessing credit card forgery tools appeared in court on Nov. 19 for a preliminary hearing, after Ohio police arrested them during a traffic stop on the turnpike.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) reportedly performed the search after pulling the men over for a moving violation and subsequently conducting a vehicle search, WKYC and Fox 19 notes.
The five men face charges of identity fraud, possession of drugs, possession of criminal tools and forgery.
According to the police report cited by WKYC, OSHP pulled the car over on a turnpike for an improper lane change on Nov. 12. Officers then reportedly found probable cause to search the vehicle. After performing the search, OSHP found marijuana as well as a machine that creates and duplicates credit cards in the car.
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The officers then arrested all five men, who are foreign nationals living in the Columbus, Ohio, area. The suspects are 24-year-old Jibril Abdiselam, 27-year-old Mohammeddeq Hassan, 26-year-old Mohamed Mahamoud, 25-year-old Zakaria Warsame, and Said Abu (age unknown).
All are currently being held in the Trumball County jail, pending a $25,000 bond as of Nov. 19, according to Fox 19.
The men appeared in a local court on Nov. 19.
Trooper Brandon Miller told the court that he pulled over a Chevy Impala just before noon that day and identified Warsame as the driver.
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After the traffic stop and subsequent search, it took nearly three hours to confirm Abu's identity, Miller testified. The man reportedly had a Washington driver's license, but Miller said it was suspended, so he had to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who helped positively identify the man. Another suspect allegedly presented fake identification to the officer as well, although details on his situation are not yet known.
Upon their arrest, all five men had to surrender their passports. Police have confirmed that they do not suspect the men to have any connection to terrorism. They are all reportedly American citizens who hail from Somalia.