The FBI on Thursday offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for leaving a package containing the deadly poison ricin at a post office in October along with a note threatening large-scale attacks if the new hours of service rules - which became effective last weekend – were to go into effect.
The FBI released the following representation of the language contained in the threat letter:
to the department of transportation: I’m a fleet owner of a tanker company.
I have easy access to castor pulp. If my demand is dismissed I’m capable of making Ricin.
My demand is simple, January 4 2004 starts the new hours of service for trucks which include a ridiculous ten hours in the sleeper berth. Keep at eight or I will start dumping.
You have been warned this is the only letter that will be sent by me.
The letter and package were found Oct. 15 at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport postal facility.
The FBI is asking anyone with information to call this tip line: 1-866-839-6241.