Guy Signs for Neighbor's Package, Anti-Terror Cops Pounce
His family's home was ripped apart by biohazard teams
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2014 12:05 AM CST
The family aren't angry at police, even after having their home ripped apart.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

(Newser) – This might make people think twice about accepting packages for others: After a diplomat's son in London accepted a parcel addressed for a neighbor who wasn't home, he was arrested and chemical and biological teams spent days tearing his house and garden apart, the Telegraph reports. The package contained a toxin similar to ricin, which police say a friend of the neighbor's planned to use to murder her mother.

Sources say the 19-year-old was arrested because police found him "evasive." A family friend says the family understands "that the police have to do their job and check out information they have been given" and they are not angry with authorities. The 36-year-old woman who allegedly ordered the toxin online has been charged with attempted murder, Independent reports.

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Jan 31, 2014 10:46 AM CST
I saw a movie recently where a young man was arrested for dealing drugs when he agreed to receive a package for a friend. The "friend" was getting a plea deal from the feds for turning in other drug dealers. The only way to get the son off was to turn in someone else. Dad took things into his own hands. When he got the real supplier, the "Fed in Charge" wanted more before turning the son free. And we trust our government why?
Jan 31, 2014 9:43 AM CST
Why is ANYONE able to order ricin online? And who is selling this stuff? It should be illegal. Isn't this the stuff that can accidentally be inhaled and kill you?
Jan 31, 2014 7:43 AM CST
She had a rather large rat she wanted to dispose of.