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Man arrested in airport knife scare


A man with a one-way ticket to Yemen attempted to board a plane with a
knife hidden in a book, authorities said.

Mohammed Ghanem, 21, of Hamtramck, was jailed Saturday on $500,000
after being arraigned on a charge of possessing a weapon in the sterile
area of an airport.

Ghanem was arrested Thursday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after
Transportation Security Administration officers detected the knife
"artfully concealed" in the book, airport spokesman Michael Conway

Someone had carved out the inside of the book and placed the knife
inside it, said Ghanem's attorney, Nabih Ayad.

"He said he didn't know where the knife came from," Ayad told the
Detroit Free Press.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Ghanem was born in Yemen, a republic bordering Saudi Arabia whose 18
million residents are primarily Muslim. He is now a legal permanent
resident of the United States and was returning to Yemen to get
married, Ayad said.

Ghanem works as a busboy and lives in Hamtramck with family members,
but he had a one-way ticket to Yemen, authorities said.

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