- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Florida man is due in federal court in New Jersey next Tuesday to face charges after authorities said he sold a deadly toxin to an undercover agent.

Jesse Korff’s initial appearance was mistakenly listed by the U.S. attorney’s office for Friday.

The 19-year-old resident of LaBelle, Fla., was arrested last month and charged with smuggling and possessing a toxin - called abrin - for use as a weapon.

Abrin is a natural poison found in the seeds of a plant. It is similar to ricin.

Prosecutors said Korff negotiated over the Internet with an undercover agent in New Jersey to sell the agent the toxin for $1,500.

Prosecutors say Korff hid the toxin in two candles at a rest stop near Fort Myers, Fla. No one was sickened.


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