Man at Center af Las Vegas Ricin Case Arrested, Charged

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Las Vegas (AP) The FBI says the man at the center of a Ricin scare produced the deadly toxin at his cousin's home in Utah.

The FBI says 57-year-old Roger Bergendorff was arrested Wednesday after being released from the Las Vegas hospital where he had been treated since Feb. 14. Authorities believe exposure to Ricin caused Bergendorff's illness.

Bergendorff is charged with possession of a biological toxin and two weapons charges.

According to court documents, Bergendorff obtained castor beans by mail in June 2002 and made Ricin from them while living in the basement of his cousin's house in Riverton, Utah.

The charges against Bergendorff stem from materials authorities say were found in his room at an extended-stay motel several blocks off the Las Vegas strip.

The three charges carry a possible penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a $750,000 fine.

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