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01/08/04


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U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General
The United States Postal Inspection Service,
Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General
$100,000 REWARD
A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for introducing a threatening letter addressed to DOT containing the poison ricin discovered at a U.S. Postal facility in Greenville, SC on October 15, 2003.

The author(s) of this letter claimed to be a fleet owner of a tanker company and demanded that the present laws regarding hours of service regulations remain unchanged. On January 4, 2004, significant new federal regulations went into effect mandating more rest and orienting drivers toward a 24-hour work/rest cycle. Inside the envelope was a small, metal vial which contained ricin.

Typewritten on the exterior of the envelope was the following warning:

Photograph of a metal vial

Graphic: caution RICIN POISON: Enclosed in sealed container: Do not open without proper protection

The following is a representation of the language contained in the threat letter:
to the department of transportation: I'm a fleet owner of a tanker company.

I have easy access to castor pulp. If my demand is dismissed I'm capable of making Ricin.

My demand is simple, January 4 2004 starts the new hours of service for trucks which include a ridiculous ten hours in the sleeper berth. Keep at eight or I will start dumping.
You have been warned this is the only letter that will be sent by me.

Fallen Angel

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