Man arrested in Washington state ricin probe
Ricin is a toxin derived from castor beans.
May 22nd, 2013
10:33 PM ET

Man arrested in Washington state ricin probe

A 37-year-old man arrested Wednesday in Washington state as part of a probe of ricin-laced letters threatened in one such letter to injure and kill a federal judge, a grand jury indictment alleges.

FBI agents arrested Matthew Ryan Buquet on Wednesday afternoon, and he made his initial court appearance in Spokane later in the day, the federal agency's Washington state office said in a news release.

A grand jury charged Buquet with mailing threatening communication, claiming he "knowingly and willfully" mailed through the U.S. Postal Service a letter "containing a threat to injure and kill Judge (Fred) Van Sickle," according to the indictment. Van Sickle is a senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Where has Biden been

    Boy. They got Biden on a short leash lately. With all these scandals they don't want him sayin somethin stupid

    May 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Well what do you know, its being advertised how to get ricin. Just great.
    No need to focus on the perp or the motive.

    May 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EyeHawkB223

    Low fuel warning. Direct hit / success confirmed. RTB for re-tasking. EHB223 out.

    May 24, 2013 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Thank you, CNN, for the photo. Castor beans are so darkly beautiful that they almost have to be poisonous.

    May 24, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Aren't they, though? It seems to me they would make some killer jewelry.

      May 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This would make some killer jewelry.

      May 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sigh. Sorry for the double posting. The first one was blocked.

      May 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |