Feds Raid Homes in Terror Probe
Mar. 20, 2002
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal law enforcement authorities raided businesses and homes in Virginia and Georgia on Wednesday as part of an effort to cut terrorists off from their sources of financing.
The Customs Service said that 14 search warrants were used for locations in northern Virginia and one warrant was served in Georgia. No one was arrested.
The agency would not provide further information, saying that affidavits filed in support of the search warrants are under seal in federal court.
The raids involved 150 law enforcement officers. They were coordinated by a group created by the Treasury Department after the Sept. 11 attacks to bring together the government's top financial crimes experts and investigators to work on terrorist financing.
Since October, the group has seized more $10.3 million in smuggled U.S. currency and $4.3 million in other assets. It has more than 300 active investigations into terrorist financing.
Among those involved in Wednesday's raids were agents and officers from Customs, the Internal Revenue Service, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, FBI, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Postal Service, and local police departments.