HOS-related ricin threat brings reward offer
Jan 9, 2004 12:00 PM, from staff and wire reportsThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for leaving a package containing the deadly poison ricin at a post office in October. The package was accompanied by a note threatening large-scale attacks if the new hours-of-service (HOS) rulesÑwhich took effect January 4Ñwere implemented.
This representation of the language contained in the threat letter was released by the FBI:
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: Jan 4, 2004, starts the new hours-of-service for trucks, which include a ridiculous 10 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.
The letter and package were found October 15 at the Greenville-Spartanburg (SC) International Airport postal facility. Anyone with information is requested to phone this tip line: 866-839-6241.