New York Man Indicted for Attempting to Purchase Ricin

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man charged with trying to buy deadly poison on ‘Dark Web’.

A Manhattan man has been charged with trying to acquire the deadly poison ricin after he allegedly asked an FBI undercover employee online to deliver “simple and easy death pills” to his postal box and picked up a package containing a fake pill. Cheng Le, 21, was arrested Dec. 23 after trying to buy the several doses of the deadly toxin from an undercover agent posing as a drug dealer on an online marketplace. It’s a complex case and we are still establishing the facts.” US Attorney Preet Bharara said Le tried to acquire ricin over the dark web, an Internet marketplace where those peddling illicit goods, including drugs, weapons and biological toxins such as ricin, can more easily hide their identities.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Manhattan federal court on one count of attempting to possess a biological toxin for use as a weapon and one count of using a false name to commit postal fraud. The FBI said the employee struck up a conversation online in early December with a ricin buyer who was seeking three to five lethal doses of ricin to send to a client and suggested it might make a regular business since he had “buyers lining up.” “Even if there is a murder investigation, they won’t find any more toxin. 100% Risk Free,” the buyer wrote, according to the complaint. “I’ll be trying out new methods in the future. He was wearing latex gloves at the time, they said. “In his desire to acquire this potentially deadly toxin, he picked his own poison and now faces the consequences of the justice system,” George Venizelos, head of the FBI’s New York office, said.

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