FBI/RCMP clue to investigate? Syrian man found with $880K worth of gold

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  1. bshnt2015

    CA & WA

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    So if you're a FBI/RCMP investigator would you look into this or blow it off? This is pointing to alot of clues or should I exercise political correctness and just sum it to a lost tourist?
    You decide.


    Syrian carrying $880,000, Hezbollah ring, 9/11 videos, stopped at Surrey(Canada)border crossing

    By Frank Luba , The ProvinceNovember 13, 2009

    VANCOUVER — Don't cross the Canadian border with almost a million dollars that you fail to declare — especially when you also have a Hezbollah ring and a Palestinian scarf in your possession.

    Khaled Nawaya found that out the hard way when he was arrested Oct. 6 at the Douglas border crossing in Surrey, B.C., and had to spend a month in detention while being investigated as a security threat.

    He was released Thursday with a long list of conditions after a hearing before the federal government's Immigration Division member Lynda Mackie, and still has no status in Canada.

    Nawaya, 34, had a visa to get into the country and, according to his lawyer, Phil Rankin, has spent 18 months going through all that's required to move to Canada from the U.S. as a landed immigrant.

    "It's not like this started 30 days ago," said Rankin.

    But the Saudi Arabian-born Syrian citizen, who is qualified as a flight instructor and had hoped to work in B.C., complicated his situation by not declaring the money.

    That's against the law, although charges have not yet been laid as his case is still being investigated.

    Nawaya was reluctant to speak to the media but finally declared: "I feel great. It's an experience for life. It's one of these things."

    About $800,000 of Nawaya's stash, which is still in the Canadian government's possession, was in Canadian gold coins purchased by Nawaya's brother, who lives in Texas. There was another $70,000 in cash and about $10,000 in his pockets.

    Further compounding the situation was his possession of a ring with the Hezbollah emblem. Rankin said the ring was one of two specially made by Nawaya's brother.

    Hezbollah is a militant group fighting Israel's presence in Lebanon. Canada considers it a terrorist group.

    His goods also included a Palestinian scarf and DVDs related to the 9/11 tragedy.

    Rankin said the combination of possessions led to the notion Nawaya was a security threat.

    "It all mushroomed up," said Rankin. "They believed he is a security threat to Canada. I think that's starting to evaporate."

    Nawaya was led into the hearing Thursday wearing a red prison T-shirt and sweat pants, with his hands cuffed behind his back. When he was released into bright sunshine, the slight, balding man wore a plaid shirt and jeans.

    Without status, he can's work, so Rankin said Nawaya's brother is providing him with funds.

    Rankin said Nawaya has 90 days to prove the source of the money he was carrying, which he claims were from an insurance settlement and his wages.

    The CBSA will then have to verify the claims and, according Rankin, there is a chance Nawaya could lose the money.

    E-mail: fluba@theprovince.com

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  2. NoAim

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    Maybe they let him go so they could follow the money to the real group.

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