Man alleged to have made poison order
A family man ordered enough deadly poison on the Dark Web to kill 1,400 people then set about finding a rabbit, chinchilla or other “pocket-sized pet” to test it on, a court heard.
Mohammed Ali, 31, from Liverpool, allegedly tried to buy 500mg of ricin worth 500US dollars (£320) from a dealer in the United States who went by the names of Dark Mart and Psychochem.
What the computer-obsessed software programmer did not know was that the man he had been communicating with on the internet black market was an undercover FBI agent known as Peter who was posing as a ricin supplier.
Under the username Weirdos 0000, Ali approached Dark Mart in January with a private message: “Hi, would you be able to makeme some ricin and send it to the UK?”
In a series of encrypted chats they discussed details including the price of a lethal dose, discounts for bulk orders and repeat purchases, and ricin’s “shelf life”, jurors were told.
At one point Ali asked: “How do I test this ricin?” and received the instruction: “You must test it on a rodent.”
Peter had already alerted British authorities who allowed the negotiations to run their course, jurors were told.
Prosecutor Sally Howes QC told jurors ricin was “the perfect poison” because it doesnotshowupin a post-mortem examination.
The Old Bailey trial is expected to go on for two weeks.