Federal authorities have arrested a 25-year-old illegal alien from the United Arab Emirates who allegedly had stockpiled ammunition in his hotel room and in storage unit.
Federal authorities arrested 25-year-old Hamid Mohamed Ali Rehaif, who is a citizen of the United Arab emirates on the federal charge of possession of ammunition by an unlawful or illegal alien, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Florida confirmed.
The illegal alien from the United Arab Emirates had been been living in a hotel for more than two months and paying $11,000 in cash.
Rehaif entered the United States legally in 2013 with a student visa and had been enrolled at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne Florida. Just a year later, Rehaif was terminated by the school but rather than leave the country he stayed in Florida thus becoming an illegal alien.
This week authorities caught up with Rehaif at his hotel in Melbourne Florida where they found handgun and rifle ammunition in his room and in a storage unit that he had been renting. The Middle Eastern man admitted to authorities that he had possessed weapons and he had practiced with them at local firing ranges but he recently got rid of them.
Rehaif remains in federal custody where he is expected to go before a federal judge on Monday for a preliminary hearing in Orlando.
The case was investigated by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI.