May 13th, 2010
01:05 PM ET

Source: Search warrants tied to Shahzad financing

Authorities executed search warrants relating to Faisal Shahzad's finances.

[Updated at 1:05 p.m.] A federal law enforcement tells Susan Candiotti that the FBI has also conducted search warrants related to the ongoing Times Square investigation at two locations on Eastern Long Island in Suffolk County, NY.

Suffolk County Police spokesman Tim Motz told CNN that officers from that department are assisting the FBI in the execution of these warrants. There have been no arrests.

[Updated at 12:19 p.m.] A third person has been arrested on immigration charges in Thursday's raids in the Northeast, a U.S. official told CNN.

[Updated at 12:08 p.m.] Prompt Printing, a printing shop in Camden, New Jersey, is among the targets of Thursday's raids by federal agents stemming from the investigation into this month's failed car bombing in Times Square, a federal law enforcement source said.

A federal source also says a home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey was raided and that it is believed to be the home of the print shop's owner. 

[Updated at 11:41 a.m.] A source close to the investigation says the raids carried out this morning were focused on a system of “cash couriers” who bring money into the United States from overseas. Some of that money is thought to be made available to finance operations like the abortive Times Square attack. The source says the warrants for Thursday’s raids came as a result of the investigation into the Times Square incident, but it has not been determined conclusively if the alleged courier system under investigation is tied to that plot.

The source says two individuals have been under surveillance at least since Wednesday, but could not confirm that they were the individuals arrested today. The source says there is no direct evidence linking those under surveillance to the courier system, but they are being investigated for possible links. The source adds that Faisal Shahzad continues to provide information to investigators. [Updated at 11:23 a.m.] The search warrants being executed in the Northeast on Thursday are related to the probe of Faisal Shahzad's financing, a federal law enforcement source said.

The source said the locations may have been involved in transferring money to Shahzad, the suspect in the recent botched Times Square car bombing. However, there is no specific information to indicate any of the individuals at these locations knew about the Times Square bombing plot, the source said.

[Updated at 10:35 a.m.] A federal law enforcement source says that the two people taken into custody for alleged immigration violations have no direct bearing on the Times Square investigation. The arrests are described as "collateral.”

The two are from Pakistan, according to a U.S. official. One is a so-called "visa overstay." The other was in the process of being removed from
the United States, but had not yet been ordered removed, as he was attempting to adjust his status so that he could stay.

Both were picked up in Massachusetts, the official said, but he did not have more specifics. Both are being processed in Boston, the official said.

[Updated at 10:27 a.m.] Lt. Phillip Harrington of the Brookline Police Department confirmed to CNN that local police are assisting the FBI conduct a search warrant at a Mobile gas station on Harvard Street in Brookline.

[Updated at 10:00 a.m.] CNN affiliate WHDH in Boston is reporting search warrants were executed at a gas station in Brookline, Massachusetts and a home in Watertown, Massachusetts in connection with the Times Square attempted bombing earlier this month.

[Updated at 9:33 a.m.] A federal law enforcement source says that search warrants are being executed in Boston, New York, and New Jersey.

“We can confirm that search warrants have been executed in several locations in the Northeast in connection with the investigation into the attempted Time Square bombing," a Justice Department official told CNN. "Two individuals encountered during the searches were taken into federal custody for alleged immigration violations.

"At this time we can provide no further details as the investigation is ongoing. These searches are the product of evidence that has been gathered in the investigation subsequent to the attempted Times Square bombing and do not relate to any known immediate threat to the public or active plot against the United States.”

[Posted at 9:21 a.m.] Investigators have executed search warrants in several places in the Northeast and detained two people in connection with the attempted Times Square car bombing probe, Boston FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said Thursday.

"They do not relate to any known immediate threat to the public or any plot against the United States," Marcinkiewicz said.

She said two people have been taken into custody for "alleged immigration violations."

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  1. Raul

    LUIS IN BROOKLYN: I get a feeling you are a muslim and are not liking what the US govt. is currently doing to catch all those who are involved and are probably scared that they will knock on your door as well.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |

    Raul, I am a non-practicing Catholic. (I don't go to church). But when something like this happens the goverment uses it as an excuse to infringe on peoples' right. Haven't you noticed how this discussion has turned into an immigrantion debate for some of the commenters?. What's going to happen next? Phone tapping, illegal serches, racial profiling, etc. This is what the terrorist want, that the US Goverment turns into a monster that doesn't care about peoples' right or democracy. We have a bomb scare a all hell breaks loose. No I am not scared they come knocking on my door. In Brooklyn you don't walk scared. You get up knowing that getting shot, robbed, mugged, or whatever life throws at you is part of life. I don't walk scared of mulims, blacks, brown, illegals, on NYPD.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    So, I understand that Muhammad "married" (and schluped) a 9 year old "bride" 1,400 years ago. What about the the goddamed pope today?!?

    To hell with all the "Gospels"!

    ;)D Have a secular day!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    Nuke Afghanistan or leave...its simple, just like in Vietnam.

    Don't tie these soldiers hands behind their backs and make them fight

    May 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lillian

    I can not believe what I am reading. People suggesting to put Muslims and illegals in camps . Some one suggested to put them in gas chambers instead of spending money to send aliens back to their countries. Sounds like Nazi Germany. History does repeat itself.
    I notice people that have such stupid and hateful thoughts are always bad spellers.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daysia

      Weeeee, what a quick and easy sotliuon.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. silvertop

    Louis in Brooklyn. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? You have already judged that this was "clearly the failed plot by a deranged man, on what basis? Have you not read any progress report by Eric Holder? And he is far far left from the middle.
    So you call federal agents doing their job witch hunt and harrassment? So you confined your argument to the small matter the cost of buying some fuel tanks? Did you not read that he flew back and forth to training camps in Pakistan? He brought back $80,000 cash at oe time.
    Law enforcement's job is to keep the citizens safe, and to catch the perpetrators and bring them to face justice, and to be vigilent to prevent and avoid harm done to the citizens.
    If you have a problem with this even with probable causes, you really dont care about your safety or that of your fellow citizens.
    Many people take our national safety for granted.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kris Daniels

    They just arrested someone tied to the case here in Portland, Maine

    May 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |

    Oh, I forgot Silvertop, I should trust my goverment and not follow my instinct. And now I wonder, Where are Sadam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction?, After all the Uranion that he bought in Africa, he should have had at leat 10 nuclear warheads, besides Iraq was a safe Heaven for Al'qaeda. You see, silvertop, the last time that I trusted our Secret Service I supported a war that left thousands of innocent people dead.Mission Accomplished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. silvertop

    Echoing #130 Ken, why do we broadcast our plans and actions before the they come to successful completions? Why do we want to alert those who scheme against us? Now, they will clean up the money trail.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |

    Lets kill every muslim and nuke entire countries? How about instead, we round up every stupid American that says such ridiculous s**t, and send them to different continents to live with other cultures and learn from other religions. Hopefully, then they wont be as close minded.
    You are no different than the extreme muslim radicals

    May 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bigbiz

    I hope they didn't do any profiling like thinking that the bomber might have used a fellow "person of color" to help fascilitate the crime.Or a missle eastern male or a Muslim...Therefore I would start by looking at some members of the Daughters of the American Revelution or the Jamestown Society

    May 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Raul

    All those who against the actions the FBI/govt is taking to catch the culprits. Wait till one of your loved one gets hurt in a terrorist act, than i'd like to know what you have to say.

    Our govt. should stop or at least minimize immigration from Pakistan. Those who are already here, let them be here...but actually the problem is not just with pakistan...we could have someone from morocco tomorrow who plants a bomb. The problem is with the ideology! I don't say that all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists have been muslims.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Samram


    “He is not strong and powerful who throweth people down; but he is strong who witholdeth himself from anger”

    "The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr”

    “The world and all things in it are valuable; but the most valuable thing in the world is a virtuous woman” (This sure makes one wonder how the slaughter of women & children by people who call themselves "jihadist's" via indiscriminately placed bombs is accepted in Paradise.)

    “One hour's meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer”

    “Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave”

    “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave”

    "All actions are judged by the motive prompting them”

    “The most excellent jihad (struggle) is that for the conquest of self”

    “Do not say, that if the people do good to us, we will do good to them; and if the people oppress us, we will oppress them; but determine that if people do you good, you will do good to them; and if they oppress you, you will not oppress them”

    “Philosophy is the stray camel of the faithful; take hold of it wherever ye come across it”

    “He who leaveth home in search of knowledge, walketh in the path of God”

    “Do you love your creator? Love your fellow-beings first”

    "He will not enter hell who hath faith equal to a mustard seed in his heart; and he will not enter Paradise who hath a single grain of pride, equal to a mustard seed, in his heart”

    “Whoever is humble to men for God's sake, may God exalt his eminence”

    “This life is but a tillage for the next, do good that you may reap there; for striving is the ordinance of God and whatever God hath ordained can only be attained by striving”

    “Verily your deeds will be brought back to you, as if you yourself were the creator of your own punishment”

    “The creation is as God's family; for its sustenance is from Him: therefore the most beloved unto God is the person who doeth good to God's family”

    May 14, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |

    On the lam.
    (Supposed) sleeper cell/ Former inmate 75369-053

    May 14, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. time2wakeup

    After all the talk by this administration about a "Lone Wolf", maybe they can now 'spin' this as "A Pack of Lone Wolves".

    May 14, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
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