An Illegal Lane Change on the Ohio Turnpike and 5 Somalians

By Faye Higbee

Newton Falls, Braceville Township, Ohio –  A vehicle that made an illegal lane change on the Ohio Turnpike on November 13, turned out to be much more than an ordinary traffic offense. The vehicle was pulled over by Ohio State Troopers at around 11:52 a.m.. They found five Somalians with possession of a mchine that could be used in credit card fraud.

Ohio turnpike

The driver was reportedly Zakaria Warsame.

Jibril Abdiselam, 24; Mohammeddeq Hassan, 27;  Mahamoud Mohamed, 26;   Zakaria Warsame, 25, and Said Abu (Sheikah Said) were charged with possessing criminal tools and forgery. They were also forced to surrender their passports.

When troopers searched the vehicle, they found a machine used to duplicate credit cards. Each of the men are being held on a $25,000 bond in the Trumbull County jail. They had their first appearance in court yesterday.

The preliminary hearing

During testimony, Trooper Brandon Miller stated, “When the glove box fell down, a bunch of U.S. currency fell to the ground — 100s, 50s, 20s, gift cards.”

That situation is what gave the troopers probable cause to search the vehicle.

All of the suspects were from Somalia and are reportedly American citizens, according to reports. They claimed to be heading to Pittsburgh when stopped by police.

The FBI assisted in identifying the men, and one of them had produced fake identification. It took the FBI 3 hours to identify Abu Said.

The judge ruled that all charges were to be sent to a Trumbull County Grand Jury. All five were currently residing in the Columbus, Ohio area.


The large population of Somalians in the United States has also produced some who have been sympathetic to ISIS. Six Minnesota Somalis were arrested in April 2015 for their desire to join ISIS.