(FOX 11) - An Iranian man is being held on $2 Million bail in Van Nuys Wednesday. He's facing felony charges based on making hundreds of fake ID's and shipping them to the Middle East.
Ehsan Rezaei is a 24-year-old Iranian citizen who says he came to the us seeking asylum from religious persecution. .
On January 15th, Rezaei was arrested outside his home in Reseda after police say they noticed his car speeding through the neighborhood. During the stop officers say they "discovered a replica of a US Military Colt 45 handgun."
The police report shows officers also found a fake LAPD Detective Badge and ID card inside the car.
After Rezaei consented to a search of his home and provided officers with the password to his phone, officers say they uncovered several images of fraudulent identity documents including passports, Social Security cards and US Employment Authorization cards.
The LAPD says Rezaei admitted to sending hundreds of the fake identification documents back to the Middle East.
Police also say and, Rezaei's lawyer confirms, Rezaei was hospitalized in 2013 for ricin poisoning. Ricin is a biological toxin frequently associated with terrorism, but Rezaei's attorney Philip Rafferty says this is not a terrorism case.
"All I will say is this, if he was charged with terrorism ... he wouldn't be in State Court, he would be in Federal Court," Rafferty said.
Rezaei was never charged for making ricin, which is illegal. His attorney says he doesn't know why he wasn't charged and that it's not his concern.
Law enforcement says they have recently been working with the FBI on the case and have been successful in retrieving some information from Rezaei's computer.
Sources close to the investigation say that information will be used to file new charges against Rezaei in court Thursday.
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