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Ricin Suspect Indicted in Mississippi

June 4, 2013

A federal grand jury Monday indicted a suspect on charges of possessing the poison ricin and threatening the US president, the Justice Department said.

Ricin-laced letters were sent to US President Barack Obama and a US senator in April. James Everett Dutschke faces five counts including possession of a biological agent and its delivery system for use as a weapon.

He is to appear in US District Court in Oxford, Mississippi on Thursday.

The FBI began an investigation last week into another case of suspicious letters containing ricin sent to Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It arrested a man in Washington state and identified another person of interest in Texas, reports said.

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