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Ahmed Ressam arrested

Counterterrorism Detention
Part of LAX Millennium Plot

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Capturing AgencyU.S. Customs Service
Location of CapturePort Angeles, Washington, United States
Time of Capture Dec. 14, 1999
CapturedAhmed Ressam
Narrative and Notes
ReliableRessam took a ferry from Victoria, Canada to Port Angeles, Washington, with a trunkload of explosives. Ressam, carrying a fraudulent passport, passed without incident through a U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service inspection station in Canada.

On the U.S. Customs officers, however, noticed his nervousness and gave him a closer inspection. Ressam panicked and tried to run, but was stopped.

Inspectors found explosives and timing devices concealed in his rental car's truck.1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 6.1.
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