Shortly before dawn on Aug. 3, the doorbell rang at the Aventuraapartment that Hicham Mandari shares with his wife and 2-year-olddaughter. The visitors: Florida Highway Patrol troopers, an Immigrationand Naturalization Service agent, an FBI agent and two agents of thelesser known U.S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security, an arm of the StateDepartment.

The law enforcement platoon took Mandari to the North Dade DetentionCenter. Later, he was arraigned before a Miami-Dade Circuit judge, andhe remains in jail with no foreseeable prospect of being released.The accusations: fraudulently obtaining a Florida driver license andsigning false affidavits.

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