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Immigration Dragnet Turns Up Man With Ties To Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The immigration dragnet in the search for terrorists has netted three men with ties to North Carolina, including one who lived in Fayetteville.

This week, Attorney General John Ashcroft released the names of 93 people who have been charged with federal crimes since Sept. 11. The charges are unrelated to terrorism, but one of the men in custody is Iftikhar Ahmed, 46, of Fayetteville.

Ahmed was staying at a home on Dartmouth Drive. A man who answered the door Thursday morning said he could not comment on Ahmed's case.

According to a court affidavit written by a U.S. immigration agent, investigators found forged passports and counterfeit immigration documents in his room.

The affidavit said he was caught after he tried to have a passport renewal stamp made at an office supply store on Skibo Road.

Agents said the Pakistani native told them he falsely qualified as an American by marrying a naturalized U.S. citizen at the same time he was married and had two children in Pakistan.

A U.S. District Court judge found that there is enough evidence to hold Ahmed for trial. He remains in federal custody and, if convicted, could be deported from the United States.