The Wall Street Journal: Utah man arrested in connection to ricin scare

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WASHINGTON — Federal agents and local police detained a man Wednesday in Logan, Utah in connection with letters sent to Pentagon that initially were believed to contain the deadly poison ricin, as well as with a letter sent to the White House, officials said.

Authorities executed a search warrant at the home of William Clyde Allen III, 39 taking him into custody after interviewing him following the search, said Melodie Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Salt Lake City. Rydalch said Allen would be charged Friday. She didn’t specify a particular charge. A representative for Allen couldn’t be reached.

The Pentagon said Wednesday that the letters sent there didn’t contain ricin, as initially believed, but instead contained castor seeds, from which the poison is derived.

The Pentagon didn’t say whether the seeds were toxic or in what form the material arrived. Castor seed is a medicinal plant. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which took custody of the suspicious letters Tuesday, is conducting additional tests.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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