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Alleged bin Laden hunter returns to U.S.

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Alleged bin Laden hunter back in U.S.
  • NEW: Gary Faulkner back in Colorado
  • Faulkner was picked up in Pakistan near Afghanistan border June 13
  • He was released by Pakistani authorities without charge

Denver, Colorado (CNN) -- An American man detained in Pakistan while on an alleged hunt for Osama bin Laden arrived back at his home in Colorado late Wednesday night.

Gary Faulkner arrived in Los Angeles on a flight from Dubai on Wednesday afternoon after being released without charge.

Faulkner than took a connection flight to Denver, where he was met at the airport by family members and reporters.

"It is good to be back in the mile-high city," Faulkner said as he got off the plane. Faulkner made international headlines recently when he was captured far away from the mile-high city.

Pakistani police said he was stopped near the border with Afghanistan's Nuristan province on June 13, carrying a pistol, a sword and night-vision equipment. They said he told them that he was on personal mission to capture bin Laden, something he had been wanting to do since al Qaeda's September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

He later was moved to Islamabad and questioned. A medical exam determined he needs dialysis every 20 days for for kidney disease.