February 20, 2008, - 4:37 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Mohammed Ghanem, the Muslim man who tried to get through security at Detroit Metro Airport with a knife hidden inside a Koran? Well, as Gomer Pyle would say, Surprahz! Surprahz! Yet another Muslim was caught with a knife (technically, a boxcutter) hidden inside a book, while trying to get through Tampa International Airport security (thanks to South Florida investigator Bill Warner for the tip):
TAMPA — A 21-year-old Clearwater man was arrested at Tampa International Airport this weekend after security personnel found a box cutter in a hollowed-out book, authorities said.
About 7:30 a.m. Sunday, airport security ran Benjamin Baines Jr.’s backpack through an X-ray machine and saw the image of a box cutter, according to a report from the Transportation Security Administration.
When searching the backpack, a security officer found a book titled “Fear Itself.” The book was hollowed out, and the box cutter was inside.
After Baines was read his rights, he said his cousin had cut away the pages to make the hollow section in the book. Later, reports state, he said he had hollowed it out himself to hide money and marijuana from his roommates.
Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.
Officers found books in the backpack titled “Muhammad in the Bible,” “The Prophet’s Prayer” and “The Noble Qur’an.” He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible.
Several sheets of paper in the backpack included rap lyrics that referred to police, narcotics, weapons and killing. Baines told officers he is a rapper who writes his own lyrics and that rap music writers need to “play the part,” the report states.
Officers performed a background check and found no record of crimes or active warrants.
He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, and booked into Orient Road Jail. At his first appearance in court Monday, Baines pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, according to an employee with the Hillsborough County clerk of court. He is in Orient Road Jail today.
“Religion of Pieces.”
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