Gun found at Smadi's home; brother chooses deportation

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 6, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 6:13 PM

INTERACTIVE MAP: FBI documents show that the weapon was seized in Milford, in southern Ellis County. Hosam Smami lived in Venus, 23 miles northwest.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A teenager whose brother was arrested last month for planning to blow up a Dallas skyscraper told an immigration judge he wanted to go home to Jordan.

Eighteen-year-old Hussein Smadi appeared before a San Francisco immigration court on Tuesday. He told the judge he wanted to rejoin his father in Jordan and offered to pay his own ticket.

Hussein Smadi entered the United States legally on a tourist visa in 2007, but stayed after it expired.

He was arrested on a drug charge and pleaded not guilty last month.

His brother Hosam Smadi was arrested Sept. 24 in Dallas and faces a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Authorities say Smadi parked a truck he thought contained a bomb in the garage beneath a Dallas office building.

Through an attorney, Hussein Smadi said he had nothing to do with his brother, or any of the charges levied against him.

Meanwhile, FBI agents seized a handgun and ammunition from the home of Hosam Smadi.

A search warrant and other documents show the items were seized from his residence in rural Milford, about 50 miles southwest of Dallas.

The documents show agents found a handgun, two loaded magazines and a box of 9mm ammunition. They also took a laptop, a digital camera and documents from the home.

Smadi was arrested Sept. 24 and faces a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Authorities say Smadi parked a truck he thought contained a bomb in the garage beneath the 60-story Fountain Place office building in Dallas. Later, authorities say, he dialed a cell phone he thought would ignite a blast.

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