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Feds: Fla. man sold deadly toxin to NJ agent

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A Florida man faces federal charges after allegedly selling a deadly toxin to an undercover agent.

Jesse William Korff of LaBelle was arrested over the weekend in Florida. He's charged with smuggling and possessing a toxin -- in this case, abrin -- for use as a weapon. Abrin is a natural poison found in the seeds of a plant and is similar to ricin.

Prosecutors say the 19-year-old Korff negotiated over the Internet with the undercover agent in New Jersey.

Korff allegedly received $1,500 over the Internet from the agent and left the toxin hidden in two candles at a rest stop near Fort Myers, Fla. Korff was arrested after the candles were found to contain abrin.

He is scheduled to appear before a magistrate in Florida on Tuesday and later be transferred to New Jersey.
 
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