William Christopher Gibbs, of Morganton, was jailed on reckless conduct and probation violation charges since taking himself to the hospital last Thursday and saying he had ricin on his hands. A search of his car tested positive for the substance, according to the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.
“It was inside his vehicle and somehow he claimed he had exposed himself to what he made, got scared, and went to the hospital.”
About 100 officers later swarmed Gibbs’ home, with officials in HAZMAT suits inspecting the area as baffled neighbors looked on.
Ricin is a naturally occurring toxin found in the seeds of castor oil plants, which can be lethal even in the smallest doses if it is refined and purified. Terrorists and terror groups have been known to use it, and letters containing ricin have been mailed to politicians including former President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The poison was also a plot point on the TV drug drama “Breaking Bad.”