Indianapolis man jailed for anthrax threat

An Indianapolis man was recently taken to Marion County Jail in Marion, Ohio, after threatening to mail a letter to the jail filled with anthrax powder.

Jason Fancher first called the Marion County Sherriff’s office and said that they would soon receive an envelope filled with anthrax, according to WishTV.com.

Deputies called the number back and spoke with Fancher, who admitted that he had made several calls. He then hung the phone up. Investigators traced the number and found Fancher outside the apartment where the calls originated from.

Fancher admitted to making the calls, but denied that he had possession of any anthrax powder. He told deputies he was known to have a problem with his temper.

Deputies took Fancher into custody after he refused to allow them to search his apartment. He faces a charge of intimidation, WishTV.com reports.

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. It most commonly affects hoofed animals, but can be extremely dangerous when in contracted by humans.

Anthrax is considered a major potential weapon of bioterrorism. In 2001, a series of anthrax filled letters were sent through the U.S. Postal Service. In those attacks, 22 people were infected, five of whom died.

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