FBI agents searched the home of a man in eastern Texas after his wife allegedly blew the whistle on him as a potential suspect in the mailing of ricin-laced letters to prominent gun control advocates. According to the New York Post, the woman found a “found a Tupperware [container] with what looks like ricin in the refrigerator," along with instructions on how to manufacture the deadly poison. Her husband was identified as Nathaniel Richardson by KSLA-TV. He is a 37-year-old veteran of the Army who does contract work for the Defense Department. He was reportedly taken into custody last night, but has not been charged with any crimes yet.
About 30 federal agent descended on the home in New Boston, Texas, last night, although there was no official comment from the FBI about the search or what they might have taken from the home. New Boston is about 100 miles from Shreveport, Louisiana, where there letters were postmarked before being sent to Michael Bloomberg and the director of his anti-gun lobbying group. A third letter was mailed to Barack Obama at the White House, though officials say the letters were intercepted early no one was in any danger.
All three notes suggested that the letter writer was angry about their efforts enact new gun control legislation. They also made further threats of violence against the recipients. The newest batch of letters appear to unrelated the earlier ricin letter scheme involving the president, that led to the arrest of a man in Mississippi.
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