N.J. man arrested for anthrax hoax

A 40-year-old man from Lebanon, New Jersey, was recently arrested after allegedly using 911 to call in anthrax hoax in neighboring Clinton, New Jersey.

The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office said that Daniel Dragan had been in the Union Township branch of Wells Fargo immediately prior to a call that said that there was anthrax in a vacant Wells Fargo branch in Clinton, according to LehighValley.com.

“There was anthrax in a Wells Fargo building in Clinton, New Jersey,” Dragan told the 911 dispatcher, according to LehighValley.com

Anthony Kearns III, a Hunterton County Prosecutor, said that, after searching the building, there was no anthrax found, nor any suspicious packages.

Authorities have painted Dragan as a disgruntled customer seeking revenge.

Although Dragan had used a prepaid phone to call in the scare, Sharon Burham, a dispatcher with the Hunterdon County Communications Center, was able to use the phone’s number to find the caller, with Verizon’s help, LehighValley.com reports.

Kearns commended Burham and the local police for their hard work in apprehending Dragan.

"Any kind of terror threat is always taken seriously," Kearns said, according to LehighValley.com. "Through the collaborative efforts of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office and the New Jersey State Police, this matter was properly investigated leading to the quick arrest of this individual."

Dragan talked with New Jersey State Police voluntarily. He was later charged with making a third-degree public alarm and was then released on $10,000 unsecured bail.