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Suspect from Yemen turns out to be legal in Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A man suspected of violating Alabama's new immigration law turned out to be in the country legally.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Department apprehended three men from Yemen during a drug raid Friday. One produced papers showing he had become a citizen. The second had a work visa. But the third man, who was accused of obstructing a government operation, could not produce any records and was held in jail.

Etowah County officials said Monday an attorney for 24-year-old Mohamed Ali Muflahi later produced papers showing he had legal status.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin said it was the first immigration case to come up in Etowah County since the law took effect Thursday.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.

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