Georgetown Student charged with Possessing Ricin

Posted by Chris Morales on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

A Georgetown University student was charged on Friday with possessing ricin after admitting he made the poison in his campus dorm room, a court document showed.

Student Daniel Harry Milzman, 19, appeared in federal court, where a judge ordered him held pending a hearing next week.

Milzman was arrested by the FBI and charged with possessing a biological toxin, according to an FBI affidavit.

He reportedly used his iPhone to find instructions, and bought the materials at Home Depot and American Plant. Ricin is a deadly toxin derived from castor beans that has no known antidote.

On Monday, Milzman allegedly showed a bag that he claimed to contain ricin to his dorm adviser, who notified school authorities. They in turn called police, the filing states.

Preliminary lab tests confirmed the substance was ricin, it said. Milzman allegedly produced the substance a month earlier in his room, placed it in plastic bags sealed with hockey tape and stored it in his room, according to the document. Milzman made about 120 milligrams of the toxic poison — enough to kill. 

Milzman is due back in court on Tuesday. Milzman's motive is still unknown, but according to Georgetown's student paper, The Hoya, the RA who saw the ricin said he was under the impression Milzman was planning to use the substance on another student. 

His attorney, Danny Onorato, declined comment when contacted by CNN on Friday evening.

Georgetown said in a statement on Wednesday that tests on McCarthy Hall for the presence of biological agents were negative, and there had been no reports of anyone being exposed to ricin.

The university on Friday said the undergraduate student will not be permitted to return to campus at this time."The possession or manufacturing of illegal substances are issues we take very seriously and are violations of the university's student code of conduct," said media relations director Rachel Pugh in a statement.

This revelation has once again drawn attention to the fact how virtually limitless possibilities of information access on the Internet may reach the point when it becomes dangerous; and though attempts are made to reduce such impact.

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