LaBelle teen charged with deadly toxin sale due in NJ

CREATED Feb 7, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 7, 2014

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Florida man is due in federal court in New Jersey to face charges after authorities said he sold a deadly toxin to an undercover agent.
   
Jesse Korff's initial appearance is scheduled in Newark, N.J., Friday.
   
The 19-year-old resident of LaBelle, Fla., was arrested last month in Florida and charged with smuggling and possessing a toxin - in this case, 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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