Arkansas man indicted for producing ricin in home

Alexander Joseph Jordan, 23, admitted to making ricin, telling police he used certain ingredients and a blender to make two masons jars of the ricin mix. (Photo: Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)

An Arkansas man has been indicted for possessing ricin after local and federal authorities searched a central Arkansas home back in February.

A federal grand jury returned the indictment against 21-year-old Alexander Joseph Jordan on Wednesday for knowingly possessing ricin without obtaining a registration, as required by the Public Health Service Act.

Cody Hiland, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, says Jordan is currently in federal custody. He is set to go before a United States magistrate judge at a later date.

A complaint affidavit details what occurred that day when authorities surrounded a home in the 2000 block of Horseshoe Loop after getting a 911 call of Jordan in distress.

Jordan was taken to UAMS and said he ingested ricin, which he admitted to learning how to make on the Internet. The affidavit says he "got the idea from watching the television show Breaking Bad."

Hiland says Jordan told authorities he combined the ingredients in a blender, and tests showed the blender and two mason jars containing a white substance confirmed positive for ricin.

According to authorities, agents also recovered an receipt for ingredients used to make ricin and paperwork that appeared to be a shopping list and instructions for ricin production.

Hiland says the maximum penalty for violation of possessing ricin is five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

Multiple agencies assisted in the case, including the FBI, LRFD HAZMAT Team, Arkansas National Guard 61st CST, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Department of Health, and UAMS Police Department.

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