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Toxic Materials Found in Fla. Home

November 8, 1999

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A man arrested for allegedly threatening Colorado judges had materials to make a deadly agent of biological warfare, federal agents said.

James Kenneth Gluck, 53, had inert ingredients to make ricin gas, a highly toxic, powdery substance derived from castor beans or rosary peas, authorities said. He also had test tubes and beakers.

``Although ricin is a potent biological toxin, there is no evidence that any refined ricin existed within the residence,″ FBI agent Francis Gallagher said after Gluck’s home was searched Saturday.

Gluck was accused of sending a rambling, 10-page note to a Colorado Court of Appeals judge in which he threatened to wage biological warfare on Colorado’s Jefferson County justice center. One county judge was mentioned by name, and Gluck referred to the possible use of ricin.

He said he would be able to do with a briefcase what it took Timothy McVeigh a truckload of explosives to do in Oklahoma City, a reference to the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.

Gluck was arrested Friday by an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force. He was held without bond on a charge of communicating threats against court officers.

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