Affidavit says tests link ricin to suspect

FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home. Dutschke, charged with making and possessing ricin as part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others was expected to appear in court Monday April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File)

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have filed documents that say the deadly poison ricin was found on items dumped by the suspect charged in the investigation of poisoned letters sent to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge.

An FBI affidavit made public Tuesday says that on April 22, James Everett Dutschke removed several items from his former martial arts studio in Tupelo, Miss.

The affidavit says tests indicated that items, including a dust mask, recovered from a trash can down the street from the studio tested positive for ricin.

The affidavit also says trace amounts of ricin were found in the studio, and that Dutschke bought castor beans on the Internet.

Castor beans are used to make ricin.

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