On the heals of the Boston bombings being pinned on a boxer and a wrestler, Federal agents went for a combat sports hat-trick when they arrested a Mississippi martial arts instructor on Saturday after his home and a former business were searched as part of an investigation into ricin-laced letters the government claims were sent to President Barack Obama and two other public officials.
Everett Dutschke (pictured above, center), 41, was taken into custody by U.S. marshals at his Tupelo home early Saturday morning without incident, said the city’s police chief, Tony Carleton.
It was not immediately known if Dutschke has been charged in the ricin investigation.
Agents from the FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as members of an anti-terrorist response team from the Mississippi National Guard, had searched Dutschke’s home on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as the premises of a martial arts studio Dutschke ran in the city.
Agents had Dutschke’s home under surveillance on Friday afternoon and evening and moved to arrest him about 1 a.m. CT (0600 GMT).
U.S. prosecutors dropped charges on Tuesday against another Mississippi man, Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, who was released from jail after a search of his home in nearby Corinth revealed no incriminating evidence.
Letters addressed to Senator Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, and Democratic President Barack Obama were supposedly retrieved last week at off-site mail facilities before reaching their alleged victims. The main stream media used these stories to add another layer of fear-mongering as citizens reacted to the news of the bizarre bombings that suspiciously occurred during a “bomb drill” at the Boston Marathon.
Ricin, which is made from castor beans, can be deadly to humans and is considered a potential terror weapon by authorities. Other items added to the potential terror weapons watch-list include cameras, cell phones, personal medical supplies, leukemia patients bandages, pressure-cookers, wheel chairs, pop tarts and Hello Kitty Bubble makers.