Alexander Joseph Jordan, 21, who was arrested Feb. 27, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing the deadly biological toxin ricin. He is in federal custody.
The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release that paramedics and police went to Jordan’s home on Horseshoe Loop Feb. 22 in response to a report that he was in distress. At UAMS, he said he’d ingested ricin, a protein produced in the castor oil plant. A few grains of purified ricin powder can be lethal.
Jordan told officers he’d produced two Mason jars of ricin after learning how to make it on the Internet. He said he was encouraged by the TV series about a chemist drug dealer, “Breaking Bad.”
Officers found jars containing a white substance and a blender with material that tested positive for ricin. They found an order for castor beans from Amazon and paperwork that appeared to be a shopping list and instructions for ricin production.
He’s charged specifically one count of knowingly possessing ricin without obtaining a registration, as required by the Public Health Service Act. That charge can carry a sentence up to five years.
The news release identified Jordan as a resident of Little Rock, but earlier press accounts