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

Posted August 18, 2009 6:33 p.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2009 12:18 p.m. EDT

— 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 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 .

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.