Friday, March 21, 2008

Vegas Cop in Ricin Case Tests Positive for Castor Bean Derivative

I will pray for this guy. You know he is wondering when he will start to show symptoms and will it kill him. - Vegas Cop in Ricin Case Tests Positive for Castor Bean Derivative - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News: "A police officer who went to a motel room where a large quantity of ricin was later found has tested positive for trace amounts of a substance that can be derived from the poison's source, authorities said Thursday.

'We did have one sample that had trace detectible levels of ricinine,' said Pat Armour, manager of the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory, the local coordinator of sampling in the ricin case.

The male officer has shown no signs of illness or symptoms of ricin poisoning, officials familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the ongoing investigation into the discovery of the vials of ricin and the raw material, castor beans, in the motel room


Authorities have refused to say whether they plan to charge Bergendorff with state or federal crimes.

Ricin is categorized as a biological agent under the federal Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, which provides for the possibility of life in prison and unspecified fines for production, acquisition or possession of it."

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