Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Illinois Man Arrested for Extremely Poisonous Puffer Fish Toxin

I think that if we want to know why this nut wanted this poison, we can just put some of the dust in the room with him until he talks. He will be too terrified to move and will be dying to get out! Sounds simple to me!

What could be a possible legitimate reason for having this stuff? I can't think of one.

FOXNews.com - Illinois Man Arrested for Extremely Poisonous Puffer Fish Toxin - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News: "A suburban Chicago man was charged Monday with possessing an illegal toxin found in puffer fish.

Edward Bachner, 35, was charged with one count of illegal possession of tetrodotoxin, a felony. He was being held in federal custody pending a detention hearing Wednesday.

Using the alias Edmond Backer, Bachner allegedly claimed he was a doctor when he ordered 98 milligrams of the toxin from a New Jersey chemical company, the FBI said. An employee of the company became suspicious due to the large amount ordered and alerted the FBI.

Bachner was arrested Monday when he allegedly tried to get the tetrodotoxin from a member of the FBI, authorities said. Bachner faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the FBI. His telephone number was unlisted.

It's not clear why Bachner wanted the toxin, authorities said.

Tetrodotoxin is a poison so potent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it can 'produce rapid and violent death.' It is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Puffer fish, called fugu in Japan, is consumed by thrill-seeking gourmets once the poison is removed. Eating the toxin can cause paralysis, vomiting, heart failure and death."

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