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:
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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.