Mohamed Abdulla saw a pack of journalists gathering outside his Dearborn business on the morning of Dec. 18, 2002, and thought it a good sign. A month earlier the Dix Avenue shop where Abdulla and his family peddle cell phones, rent post office boxes, transfer money and make shipments overseas had been robbed and an employee shot. Seeing the television camera trucks and print reporters with their photographers, Abdulla assumed the culprit had been caught, and the media were there to get his reaction. Then the feds came swarming in. Stunned, the businessman watched in disbelief as agents scoured his store. Abdulla’s son, Saleh, was also present. The day is fixed in his memory. (MORE)


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