Four of five suspects were arrested. Two of the men are from Mexico, at least one is from Pakistan and another is thought to be on the run in Yemen.In McQuaid's original report, he had a comment from Marion County's chief narcotics prosecutor, Larry Brodeur, indicating that investigators were exploring a terrorist connection as part of the investigation. Money from the corrupt enterprise reportedly was being wired outside the country. Brodeur's comments have been subsequently excised from the online video and online story Fox59 News is carrying on its website. Notice too that McQuaid carefully avoided using the word "Muslim" in describing possible terrorist activity in his report despite the obvious. According to the AP, the following five people of foreign nationalities were arrested, while the fifth ring leader of the group may have fled back to Yemen:
“The countries of origin of these individuals raise some red flags, especially if you think of the organized crime connection with Mexico and if you think about, unfortunately, the terrorism connection then we’re thinking about Pakistan and Yemen here are raising the biggest red flags here on the Middle East,” said international affairs assistant professor Doug Woodwell of the University of Indianapolis.
Woodwell says federal agents will likely track wire transfers and cell phone records in trying to determine if any of the money from the scheme left the United States.
“We have thousands of informal banking networks in this country which are actually not regulated or known that allow for the transferring of money to the middle east, sort of under the radar.”
Mohammad S. Khan, 43, corrupt business influence, theft and fraud.The Tista (formerly Phillips 66) gas station/convenience store included in the raids at the corner of Alabama and Michigan is just a couple of blocks down the street from my home. I rarely stop in there, but I had not noticed this type of activity taking place there. The clerks were always of Middle Eastern origin and spoke with a strong accent. I noticed it was already reopened for business yesterday.
Ricardo Rivera, 26, possession and dealing in marijuana and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
Khalid Saleem, 47, corrupt business influence, theft and fraud.
Micaela Sierra, 51, corrupt business influence, theft and fraud. Public records show that she was the president of Abarrotes La Michoacana Corp.
Saleh Yafai, 31, theft and fraud. Public records show Yafai was the incorporator of Low Price Dollar and Food.
The five are scheduled for initial hearings today. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is checking the defendants' immigration status, police said.
Not arrested and thought by police to have possibly left for Yemen is Ali Mohammad, 36, listed in public records as the incorporator of Best Price Dollar and Food.