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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 5:35am

Militia Members Charged In Toxin Plot

Authorities say at least two suspects accused of plotting attacks involving deadly biological toxins are former federal employees.

Court records state that one suspected member of a Georgia militia group worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Authorities said another man who was arrested worked for a contractor at the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Prosecutors said that 65-year-old Ray Adams used to work as a lab technician for a USDA agency known as the Agricultural Research Service.

Court documents state that CDC officials confirmed that another suspect, 68-year-old Samuel Crump, worked at the CDC in the past for a contractor that did maintenance at the Atlanta-based agency.

Prosecutors say the men were part of a group that tried to obtain explosives and aimed to produce ricin, a lethal toxin.