INS Agents Sweep Kiosk Chain for Clues

A nationwide sweep of immigrant-run jewelry stores launched in late June by federal investigators appears to be aimed at determining whether the stores are linked to international terrorism, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Witnesses told the newspaper that agents of the FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) raided a jewelry kiosk in the Gallery mall in Philadelphia on June 26, taking a Pakistani man into custody and questioning his coworkers about illicit cash, suspicious travel, and the al Qaeda terror network. Within 48 hours, agents reportedly swept through more than 65 jewelry stores in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina—most belonging to a chain of mall kiosks operating as Intrigue Jewelers. Federal officials confirmed to the newspaper only that the INS did carry out an "enforcement operation" that day as part of an
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