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According to sheriff's reports, Ekberg told the agents he usually carries three weapons with him. Ekberg lifted his left pant leg and showed them a .357-caliber Glock handgun in a holster strapped to his ankle.
Ekberg then told them he keeps another gun in his truck. Undercover agents walked outside with Ekberg and arrested him on charges of illegally possessing weapons inside a bar.
Agents also found .45-caliber handgun in his back pocket along with a small amount of coc aine inside a pill box, authorities said. Inside a backpack, agents found several live rounds for the weapons and a notebook with a recipe to manufacture an explosive, according to the sheriff's report.
Ekberg was charged with possession of coc aine, a felony, and a violation of a concealed-weapons permit, a misdemeanor, because he carried a gun into a bar, authorities said.
Later that night, agents searched the home on Southwest 10th Street, where they found several assault weapons, including an AK-47 rifle and an Uzi. All the weapons were seized.
Agents with the Marion County Fire Department's hazardous-materials team found a white powder inside a box at the residence. On Wednesday, a state lab in Jacksonville confirmed the substance was ricin.
Originally posted by dixonwhat if this was an arab american or muslim and non-white ? Do you think they would be so fast to eliminate the terrorist link ?
Originally posted by FredT
Let me get this straight. They guy maid anti governemnt threads and had a WMD stored in a cardboard box and he is not being charged under the partiot act? Some idiot in NJ points a laser pointed at a plane and gets charged under the Patriot Act? :shk:
Edit: Is it me or does that guy look like slim shady?
[edit on 1/14/05 by FredT]
This person seems to be more of disturbed individual rather than a terrorist but if this guy can obtain these materials so easily, a determined terrorist should also be able to obtain them.
The article mentions that he may have obtained the materials over the Internet.
They didn't seem to have tracked him through these Internet purchases. If someone had not notified the Sheriff's office, they may have never even known about this.
Hopefully, they will develop ways of tracking sales of these types of materials to prevent persons with ill-intensions from carrying out an attack.
Chemical and biological weapons need a carefully tested delivery system and favourable environmental conditions to be effective, something the press don't really explain to Joe Public in their many uses of the term.