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(CNN) -- Immigration officials are holding an airline passenger who was arrested in Minnesota carrying suspicious materials, government sources said Wednesday.

Customs and Border Patrol agents arrested the passenger, Ali Mohamed Almosaleh, on July 7 in Minneapolis after he was picked randomly for a search, sources said.

Agents found Almosaleh to be carrying what they described as a suicide note and DVDs containing "anti-American material," officials said.

The man had traveled from Syria, authorities said, but they would not disclose his nationality.

Almosaleh has been accused of an immigration violation and is in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, sources said.

Investigators from a variety of federal agencies are trying to determine whether Almosaleh has any terrorist ties or associates in the United States and what plans he may have had upon entering the country.

"We just don't know what we're dealing with," one agent said.

Sources said Almosaleh is not known to the intelligence community, and his name was not on any terrorist watch list.

CNN's Kelli Arena and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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