- Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A jury has convicted two Georgia men of plotting to make the poison ricin to target government officials.

Ray Adams and Samuel Crump were convicted Friday in federal court of conspiring to make and possess ricin.

The jury deliberated for 90 minutes in Gainesville before reaching their decision. It came after two weeks of testimony.

Adams and Crump were among four men arrested in November 2011 after surveillance by an undercover informant who was present for meetings at homes, during car rides and at a Waffle House restaurant. Defense attorneys said the men never had the intent or ability to carry out an attack.

Two others previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to get an unregistered explosive and an illegal gun silencer.

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