Mississippi man, James Everett Dutschke, arrested for connection with ricin letters
Just a few short days after former suspect and Elvis-impersonator, Paul Kevin Curtis, was released from custody in connection for the ricin-tainted letters sent to President Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, the FBI has arrested another Mississippi man, James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo for the crime.
Fox News reports today that Dutschke, 41, was arrested without incident by the FBI at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday, and handed over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
His home and business were previously searched as part of an investigation into ricin-laced letters allegedly sent to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and a judge in Lee County, Mississippi.
There are reports of an ongoing feud between Curtis and Dutschke and their was suggestions of Dutschke framing Curtis for the crime. Dutschke’s attorney, Lori Basham, has said her client used to work for Curtis’ brother, but the two have had no contact since 2010.
The FBI said the letters tested positive for ricin, and were intercepted during the time of the Boston Marathon terror bombings. No illnesses have been reported.
Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. If castor beans are chewed and swallowed, the released ricin can cause injury. Ricin can be made from the waste material left over from processing castor beans.
It can be in the form of a powder (as in the this case), a mist, or a pellet, or it can be dissolved in water or weak acid.
As little as 500 micrograms — an amount the size of the head of a pin — can kill an adult. There is no specific test for exposure and no antidote once exposed.
Ricin works by getting inside the cells of a person’s body and preventing the cells from making the proteins they need. Without the proteins, cells die. Eventually this is harmful to the whole body, and death may occur.