New York City Ricin Plotter Also Stockpiled Firearms, Bomb Materials

Global Security Newswire Staff
May 30, 2014, 9:08 a.m.

A New York City phar­macy tech­ni­cian pleaded guilty to charges for at­tempt­ing to pro­duce the tox­in ri­cin for at­tacks, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

Jordan Gonza­lez, 34, on Thursday told a fed­er­al court he had tried to man­u­fac­ture ri­cin, ab­rin and oth­er dan­ger­ous sub­stances at his New Jer­sey and Man­hat­tan res­id­ences. Ac­cord­ing to the of­fice of fed­er­al pro­sec­utor Paul Fish­man, Gonza­lez planned to em­ploy the po­ten­tially leth­al tox­ins “in con­front­a­tions with oth­er people.”

He could re­ceive life im­pris­on­ment in his sen­ten­cing, which is sched­uled for Sept. 17. He ad­mit­ted to know­ingly at­tempt­ing to de­vel­op, pro­duce and pos­sess tox­ins, as well as to pos­sess­ing equip­ment for pro­du­cing il­leg­al nar­cot­ics.

Po­lice de­tained Gonza­lez over drug sus­pi­cions on Nov. 14, after fed­er­al law en­force­ment of­fi­cials in New Jer­sey de­term­ined he had used the In­ter­net to buy po­ten­tial in­gredi­ents for a hal­lu­cino­gen­ic sub­stance known as MDA.

In raids of his two liv­ing spaces and a Jer­sey City stor­age area, po­lice found sev­er­al thou­sand pre­curs­or seeds for ri­cin and ab­rin, sub­stances to isol­ate and de­liv­er the pois­ons, and pos­sible ma­ter­i­als for pro­du­cing ex­plo­sions, ac­cord­ing to leg­al doc­u­ments. They also found in­struc­tions for pro­du­cing ri­cin and bombs, the re­cords in­dic­ate.

Au­thor­it­ies also un­covered a stock­pile of con­ven­tion­al arms that in­cluded roughly 1,000 bul­lets, large-ca­pa­city magazines, pis­tols, parts for as­sault weapons and semi-auto­mat­ic rifles, a cross­bow and bul­let­proof ar­mor.

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