Bailed denied for Alaskan militia member with ricin instructions

Federal prosecutors filed a motion to deny bail to an officer of the sovereign citizen Alaska Peacemaker Militia, a right wing extremist group, who attempted to enter Canada carrying instructions on how to produce ricin.

In late October, Mary Ann Morgan drove a truck to a remote border crossing near the Yukon Territory carrying what was described as a horde of documents that included details on how to extract the potential bioterror agent ricin from castor beans and then weaponize it using lye or solvent, according to

Prosecutors said that Morgan posed a risk to law enforcement, the judiciary and the public in general, and referred to the arrest of four militia members in Georgia for plotting to attack various government targets.

Morgan told the Canadian border guards that she was headed to a meeting in Montana about the U.S. Constitution. Sovereign citizen groups like the Alaskan Peacemaker Militia believe that they can decide for themselves what laws should be obeyed and are often characterized as believing in anti-government extremism, racism and bizarre conspiracy theories. There are thought to be approximately 100,000 hardcore adherents to sovereign citizen beliefs, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In addition to tracts on how to produce ricin, as well as poisons of varying degrees of toxicity, Morgan also possessed information on the tactical use of firearms, close combat training, pipe bombs and other explosives.

Officers of the Canadian Border Security Agency turned Morgan over to U.S. Customs officers and Alaska State Troopers after discovering, in addition to the documents, a .32 caliber semi-automatic Beretta handgun. Canadian law prohibits private U.S. citizens from carrying handguns across the border and the possession of easily-concealable firearms.

Morgan, identified as secretary of the Alaska Peacemaker Militia, is prohibited from possessing the firearm in the United States because of a felony conviction in 2001 for violating a child custody agreement.