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FBI Arrests Man In Connection With Threatening Letter

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UPDATE: The suspect entered a "not guilty" plea in Federal Court on Wednesday to one count of mailing a threatening communication.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI says a 37-year-old man has been arrested following last week's discovery in Washington state of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin.
    
Matthew Ryan Buquet was expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Spokane following his arrest Wednesday afternoon.
    
The letters were postmarked in Spokane and addressed to the downtown post office and the adjacent federal building. They were intercepted by the Postal Service, and no one was injured.
    
Investigators in hazardous materials suits spent most of Saturday executing a search warrant at a three-story apartment building downtown but said there was no public health risk.

The maximum penalty for mailing a threatening communication is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A person found guilty for mailing a threatening communication will receive no less than 3 years in prison.

Buquet is to remain in custody until his next bail hearing on Tuesday, May 28th.
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