Federal investigators arrest Hurst man found with guns, fake IDs



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Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 7:10 PM

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HURST — Hurst Police returned Tuesday afternoon to search the dry cleaning business of 29-year old Azeez Ahmed, who was arrested for possessing materials to make false federal ID cards

Even to people who worked in the same shopping mall, Ahmed did not appear to be your average dry cleaner.

"He's a little volatile. There's always something going on down there with the customers and him. Kind of shouting, stuff like that," said Sarah Hilton, who works nearby.

On Tuesday morning, following a tip, Hurst police called in the bomb squad when it was learned there might be weapons 29-year-old's pickup truck.  There was no bomb, but there was a small stash of weapons —  including a rifle and an assault weapon.

But federal investigators are interested in what else was found in the vehicle.

"What we found was, it appears to be some type of federal identification cards. So that's why the federal government is interested in that," said Hurst Deputy Chief Richard Winstanley. 

Authorities said it is not clear if those ID cards were for Ahmed or for other people. 

Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service questioned Ahmed for two hours before putting him in handcuffs.  Hurst police said Ahmed has a U.S. passport, is of Saudi descent, and in the early 2000s he briefly served in the U.S. Army.

"He's interested in discussing the situation with us, which is a good thing so far," Winstanley said. 

Ahmed is being held at the Tarrant County jail.

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