Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests 70-year-old retiree for possession of 'biological weapon'

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests 70-year-old retiree for possession of 'biological weapon'

Last Monday, Miller drove herself to a hospital to be checked and is now being charged with possessing a biological weapon, a violation of federal law.

She wanted to harm herself but was testing it first by sprinkling it onto the food and beverages of other residents of the Wake Robin retirement community.

Federal authorities have arrested a Wake Robin resident in connection with the ricin poison investigation at the retirement community.

She was charged with knowing possession of an unregistered select agent.

The FBI agents said they interviewed Miller at the UVM Medical Center Tuesday evening and learned from her that she became interested in plant-based poisons during the past summer, Emmons said.

Officers discovered a bottle labeled "ricin" in her residence at the facility, and the Vermont Forensic Lab determined it tested positive for the toxin, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

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The FBI says Betty Miller of Shelburne was arrested for manufacturing ricin in her apartment. No other cases of ricin poisoning have been discovered or reported in recent weeks through Vermont's illness surveillance system or by emergency responders, Truman said. Ingestion of the poison causes vomiting, bloody diarrhea and hallucinations, according to health officials.

Investigators said Miller printed the ricin-making instructions from the internet.

Ms Miller said she grew 30 to 40 castor beans from plants.

Miller told investigators she exposed the other residents to ricin on at least three occasions. This cell death can lead to organ failure and death."
Cowles goes on to note, "based on the information now available, it appears even the most stringent of release conditions would not ensure Ms. Miller does not prepare further risky substances and/or attempt to harm those around her. Ms. Miller indicated in her interview with law enforcement both an intent to harm herself and a willingness to hurt others in the process of doing so.

Investigators have not said if additional charges would be filed.

Miller was scheduled to be arraigned Friday at 3 p.m. It said that it would not release details about its residents. MyNBC5.com will update this story as soon as more information is available.

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