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Arrest At Kerr Lake Raises Red Flag

Posted May 5, 2003

— A routine arrest in Vance County Saturday night raised a red flag for park rangers at Kerr Lake. Their suspect is in jail on drug and alcohol charges, but it was something else in the vehicle that made authorities even more suspicious.

Park Rangers do not expect to see too many people driving around late at night. So when they saw Mohammed Turk around 11 p.m. Saturday, they stopped his pickup truck. Rangers said he had been drinking and was acting violent. When Vance County deputies arrived for backup, they found a Florida woman's wallet, drug paraphernalia and a knife.

Officials said what really raised a red flag were a collection of drivers' licenses.

"He has four expired drivers' licenses from the state of Maryland. He has one current driver's license from Georgia. It expires in 2004. Then he has a current driver's license from the state of Pennsylvania," said Lt. Curtis Brame of the Vance County Sheriff's Office.

Turk told deputies he lives in Pennsylvania, but is originally from Eastern Africa. Vance County deputies charged him with drug and alcohol violations. They said lessons learned after Sept. 11, 2001 make them very suspicious.

"We're investigating him at this time to see why he has possession of five drivers licenses'. We will be getting in contact with the FBI Task Force to pass this information along to them for further investigation," Brame said.

Turk is in the Vance County Jail under a $500 bond.

Deputies contacted the owner of the wallet and will mail it to her. The wallet's owner said she lost it at a Florida rest stop and had already canceled the credit cards.

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