Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Florida man pleads guilty in sale of deadly toxin

TAMPA — A 19-year-old Florida man caught selling a deadly toxin pleaded guilty Tuesday, federal prosecutors said.

Jesse William Korff of LaBelle pleaded guilty in a New Jersey court to five counts of developing, producing, transferring and possessing toxins, five counts of smuggling toxins and one count of conspiring to kill a person in a foreign country, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Korff was arrested in January after authorities said he negotiated the sale of abrin — a natural substance lethal to humans if ingested — over an Internet-based black market and by using the bitcoin anonymous electronic currency. One dose of the toxin would be "enough to kill a 440-pound human," he wrote.

He arranged to make the deal near Fort Myers. But the buyer turned out to be an undercover agent who was part of a New Jersey-based federal investigation. The toxin was safely recovered.

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