December 9, 2006

Vigilance in Smithfield

Marc Comtois

The ProJo reports:

Federal terrorism officials and Rhode Island authorities converged this week to arrest an Indian citizen enrolled in a Smithfield tractor-trailer training school who was trying to obtain a commercial driver’s license and permit to haul hazardous materials.

The man, Mohammed Yusef Mullawala, of Jamaica, N.Y., is being held in federal custody for overstaying his student visa. State police Maj. Steven O’Donnell said that after two days of truck-driving classes, Mullawala’s behavior was suspicious enough to prompt school officials to contact the Department of Homeland Security late last month.

“His behavior was consistent with terrorist-type activity,” O’Donnell said. “He showed no interest in learning the fine art of driving a tractor-trailer. He had no interest in learning how to back up.”

Kudos to the people at the Nationwide Tractor Trailer Driving School in Smithfield for their vigilance. They may have averted a tragedy and, at the least, they took a person here illegally off of our highways.

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This is a little scary.

Kudos, indeed. But can we check with truck driving schools around the country to see if any other "students" had the same selective interest in their lessons?

Posted by: SusanD at December 9, 2006 4:46 PM

I also tip my cap to these on-the-ball professionals. The praise is richly deserved.

Posted by: Tim at December 11, 2006 5:25 PM
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