Saturday, 22 March 2014

US student 'produced ricin in dorm'

US student 'produced ricin in dorm'

A university student in the United States has been charged with possessing a potentially lethal amount of the powerful toxin ricin, court documents showed.
Daniel Harry Milzman, from Georgetown University in Washington, told the  FBI earlier this week that he produced the ricin himself in his dormitory room  about a month ago, having bought the precursor materials in local stores.

He wore goggles and a dust mask when he was extracting the ricin, according  to the court documents, which said he had produced 123 milligrams and stored  the material in a plastic bag secured with hockey tape.

The concentration of the ricin was such that it could have been deadly if  inhaled, the documents said, adding that Milzman had told his residential  adviser on Monday that he had created the poison and showed the adviser the  plastic bag.

He was interviewed by FBI agents the next day.

It was not immediately clear what the student intended to do with the  substance.

But FBI Washington Field Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Maguire told AFP  that “based on investigation, we do not believe there is any connection to  terrorism.”

Read more: US student 'produced ricin in dorm' - General - New Straits Times 


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