CARO, Mich. (AP) - Three Texas men were arraigned Saturday on
terrorism-related charges after police found about 1,000 cell phones in their minivan in Michigan.
Investigators believe the men were targeting the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. But one of the men said they were only trying to buy and sell phones to make money.
Maruan Awad Muhareb of Mesquite; Adham Abdelhamid Othman of Dallas; and Louai Abdelhamied Othman of Mesquite, are charged with collecting or providing materials for terrorist acts and surveillance of a vulnerable target for terrorist purposes.
Adham and Louai Othman are brothers and are in their early 20s. Muhareb, 18, is their cousin.
Authorities in Caro, located in Michigan's agricultural Thumb region, have not said what they believe the men intended to do with the phones, most of which were prepaid TracFones.
But Caro's police chief said cell phones can be used as detonators.