A man from Los Angeles, California, has pleaded guilty in federal court to attempting to acquire Ricin to use as a weapon.
Steve S. Kim, 41, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter to one count of violating a criminal statute called prohibition with respect to biological weapons. He had been accused of trying to obtain the biological toxin from who he believed to be an online seller. However, the man that Kim communicated with was, in fact, an undercover FBI agent.
“Ricin is an incredibly dangerous biological toxin – just a few tiny grains can kill a human,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna. “Because it can be used as a weapon of mass destruction and there is no antidote for ricin poisoning, any attempt to acquire this deadly chemical agent is an extremely serious matter that will prompt a vigorous response.”