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Feds seize guns, $14K cash from N.C. terror suspect

Posted August 18, 2009
Updated August 19, 2009

— Federal agents seized several rifles and other guns, $14,000 cash and newspaper clippings of the Sept. 11 attacks from a man accused of plotting international terrorism, according to a warrant unsealed Tuesday.

The search warrant shows investigators seized dozens of items from Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39. The FBI had previously said agents seized some two dozen guns and more than 27,000 rounds of ammunition.

Those are described in greater detail in the warrant, which lists crates of ammunition, several rifles and at least one AK-47-style gun.

Agents also took "military manuals," several prepaid cell phones that were hidden in a bag of pita chips, "militant documents," papers by his son, Dylan, on cybersecurity, a map of Jordan and five newspapers regarding the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to documents. The warrant allowed investigators to search Boyd's home south of Raleigh and four vehicles. Some of the items detailed in the warrant were taken during Boyd's arrest last month.

Federal investigators said Boyd, a drywall contractor, was the ringleader of a small North Carolina-based terrorist group, involved in three years of nefarious international travel, gun buys and military-style training trips.

Authorities claim the group, including an eighth suspect believed to be in Pakistan, were gearing up for a "violent jihad," though prosecutors haven't detailed any specific targets or timeframe.

The FBI also searched the home of Hysen Sherifi, another of the men charged in the case, and seized a computer, CDs, books, videotapes and an airline receipt, according to a second search warrant.

Boyd and seven others, including two of his sons, have been charged with plotting to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country. One of the eight men, Jude Kenan Mohammad, remains at large.

The seven men in custody must remain in jail until their trials because a judge deemed them flight risks.

A second warrant unsealed Tuesday shows agents also searched the apartment of suspect Hysen Sherifi. Investigators seized a computer and several books and videotapes, including at least two regarding jihad.


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  • tiblet Aug 19, 2009

    go read the definition of sleeper cell. All of you who are friends and neighbors liked these people because THEY WANTED YOU TO...they masked who they really are to get you to like them, to fit into your way of life, to live among you without suspicion. If you knew who these people truly were you would not like them. They are violent. They want to wage a holy war for the sole purpose of killing innocent people...they believe this pleases their God.

    while no single piece of evidence is illegal it does begin to paint a story of who these people REALLY are...terrorists. The amount of weapons, cash, hidden prepaid phones (who hides phones in bags of chips?),clippings of other terrorist attacks, the wiretapped phone calls, the overseas travel, the bunker, etc.

    Sure, their defense attorneys will argue that anyone might have all of these things in their possession but it will come down to what a jury finds plausible to believe.

  • purplepat777 Aug 19, 2009

    . . . or C) a terrorist.

  • THE ETERNAL Aug 19, 2009

    Can we not execute traitors by firing squad? Lets use their own ammo.

  • original intent Aug 19, 2009

    I still say Boyd is either A) a BLOWHARD trash talker or B) a government mole man..

  • tcndc2 Aug 19, 2009

    What is wrong with the poeple posting here? blind, deaf or just dumb? You're just what these terrosists want- gulible, trusting supporters. I say THANKS FBI--and round up the rest of his family!!

  • haggis basher Aug 19, 2009

    "It seems like these guys were targeted b/c they were Muslim and had guns. Let's see the evidence in court and then decide if they are so-called "terrorists". $10 says the "evidence" came about with the use of warrantless wiretaps and other unconstitutional PATRIOT Act tactics."
    Can't win with fools like you.......FBI acts way too slow to stop the 911 hijackers and not is accused of acting too fast to stop another bunch of crazies........on balance, I think its much better to catch conspirators before they fly an airliner into a building than identify their DNA later. The Constitution is NOT a suicide pact!

  • clintoflannagan Aug 19, 2009

    I guess I'm inviting an FBI investigation by saying this but here's an inventory of what they would find in my house:

    1. multiple newspaper stories, magazines and commemorative DVD's about September 11.

    2. multiple firearms including some high powered rifles. (I wish I had an AK-47 and would buy one in an instant for the right price.)

    3. Thousands and thousands of rounds of ammo. I got lucky and bought in bulk a couple years ago before the prices got so high.

    4. Not sure what "military manuals" are but I'm sure I have some stuff that would qualify as such. Same with "Militant Documents."

    5. Several cell phones (none prepaid, though.)

    6. Cash. I do have some cash on hand but unfortunately not as much as this guy did. But it could also be that this guy is simply following the advice of most investment experts now: cash is king.

    I hope the gubment's got more than this on this dude.

  • the opinion no one asked for Aug 19, 2009

    27,000 rounds, ammo is hard to come by these days any chance we can get an auction going

  • dwf1205 Aug 19, 2009

    Hey I have a few AK-47s and several thousand rounds, but that's no crime. Wish I could say I had thousands of dollars in cash, but if I did, that's no crime either. I don't believe in jihad (especially since I'm a devout Christian), but if I did, to think like that is no crime (there is no such thing as a thought crime). It seems like these guys were targeted b/c they were Muslim and had guns. Let's see the evidence in court and then decide if they are so-called "terrorists". $10 says the "evidence" came about with the use of warrantless wiretaps and other unconstitutional PATRIOT Act tactics.

  • haggis basher Aug 19, 2009

    2 dozen guns and 27,000 rounds........no we don't need no stinking gun control :)