Irving cab driver charged with having illegal weapons

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Updated Monday, May 23 at 3:42 PM

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IRVING — An Irving cab driver remains behind bars after firefighters found suspicious materials inside his home Sunday.

Police say 41-year-old Sharif Ahmed Nour is expected to face a judge on Monday or Tuesday, facing charges for possession of prohibited weapons.

Nour is then expected to be transferred to the Dallas County Jail.

The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force have joined the ongoing investigation after firefighters found what they thought to be bomb making materials inside Nour's Irving apartment close to DFW International Airport on Sunday.

They were responding to a small fire that broke out inside his apartment at the Brookstone Apartment Complex.

A hazardous materials team, police and federal agents spent Sunday afternoon at the complex, searching Nour's apartment, his taxi cab and the immediate area.

Nour's friend told News 8 that he has worked as a cab driver for the last nine years out of nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. His orange Jet Taxi remained parked outside his apartment on Monday.

Nour is reportedly from Somalia. Agents said they did not believe he was part of a terrorist network, but their investigation is ongoing.

Nour remains in the Irving City Jail.

E-mail cvega@wfaa.com

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