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Breaking Bad fan Mohammed Ali jailed over Dark Web ricin plot

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Fans of Breaking Bad (and we are legion) will remember how lead character Walter White makes ricin, a deadly toxin, from beans. A British fan inspired by Walter, one Mohammed Ali, tried to buy ricin on the Dark Web. BBC News describes the sting:

A man who tried to buy deadly ricin poison from the Dark Web after being inspired by the TV series Breaking Bad has been jailed for eight years.

Mohammed Ali, 31, was convicted at the Old Bailey of attempting to possess a chemical weapon following a trial in July.
Ali, from Liverpool, struck a deal with a supplier in January to buy 500mg of powder – enough to kill 1,400 people.

He was unaware that his source was in fact an FBI agent.

The trial heard the father-of-two was sent harmless powder hidden inside a toy car.

After opening the package, which had been treated with a marker substance, he was arrested at his home the following morning.

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Breaking: Ricin Letters Suspect Paul Kevin Curtis Released from Custody

curtisAfter a sweep of Paul Kevin Curtis’ property and computer turned up absolutely zero evidence connecting him to a string of ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and others, the feds have been forced to release him from jail.

UPDATE: Curtis has been released on bond. Police are now searching the home of Everett Dutschke. Curtis’ attorney had suggested that Dutschke, an enemy of Curtis’, may have framed his client. 

Via AP:

A federal official says the man charged with sending poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge has been released from jail.

Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss., says Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody.

Woodfin says he doesn’t know if there were any conditions on the release.

The development comes hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Christi McCoy, defense attorney for Curtis says that federal authorities and defense attorneys will speak to reporters at 5 p.m.

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Ricin Mailer Believed He Was Exposing Illegal Organ Harvesting Conspiracy

ricin mailerMississippi man Kevin Curtis was arrested last week after mailing letters containing the deadly poison ricin to Barack Obama and Mississippi senator Roger Wicker. Buzzfeed reveals what may be the bizarre inspiration for the plot — it would seem that for years, the hospital janitor and Elvis impersonator has been attempting to wage war against a global organ-snatching conspiracy involving the highest levels of government:

[Curtis’s] writings document “the actions of…a secret shadow government in which I feel have been put into place by higher powers to be in order to hide the truth behind the illegal organ harvesting market which I began investigating in 2000.”

Curtis  wrote on Facebook:

I’m on the hidden front lines of a secret war. A war that is making Billions of dollars for corrupt mafia related organizations and people. (bone, tissue, organ, body parts harvesting black market) when we lay our loved ones to rest….we hope and pray their bodies are not violated but I am here to tell you, as long as the bone, tissue & organ harvesting indu$try is NOT REGULATED….on any level(s) whether it be local, state, federal or national………..your loved ones body parts are NOT $AFE.

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FBI: No Ricin Found in Home of Mississippian Suspected of Sending Poisoned Letters

curtisThe feds turned up empty-handed after scouring the home, vehicle and computer of the Mississippi Elvis impersonator suspected of sending ricin in the mail to several elected officials, including President Barack Obama.

Via the Clarion-Ledger:

Investigators haven’t found any ricin in the house of Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge, according to testimony Monday from an FBI agent.

Agent Brandon Grant said that a search of Paul Kevin Curtis’ vehicle and house in Corinth, Miss., on Friday did not turn up ricin or ingredients for the poison. A search of Curtis’ computers has found no evidence so far that he researched making ricin.

“There was no apparent ricin, castor beans or any material there that could be used for the manufacturing, like a blender or something,” Grant testified. He speculated that Curtis could have thrown away the processor.

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