Liverpool man found guilty in attempt to obtain ricin

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the U.K. announced Wednesday that Mohammed Ammer Ali of Liverpool was found guilty in attempting to acquire ricin toxin over the Internet.

According to the report Ali had attempted to purchase ricin toxin on the Evolution Marketplace, a website found within the portion of the internet that is not indexed known as the "dark web". An FBI agent posed as the seller and the agent later informed the Northwest Counter Terrorism Unit, which led to Ali's arrest.

"Today shows yet again that even in the case of crimes committed in the darkest corners of the internet, criminals can be caught and convicted," head of CPS' Counter Terrorism Division Sue Hemming said.

Ricin toxin is a naturally occurring poison that is fatal in most doses. The toxin invades the cells of the body and prevents them from creating needed proteins which eventually leads to cell death. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of poisoning are dependent on the route of entry, either through contact with the skin or eyes, inhalation or ingestion. Contact with skin or eyes will likely cause pain and redness at the area of contact. If inhaled it will cause respiratory distress and would most likely lead to low blood pressure and respiratory failure. If ingested, vomiting and diarrhea are initial symptoms leading to eventual organ failure.

The CDC reports that death can occur between 36 and 72 hours after exposure.

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