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

(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.

The family aren't angry at police, even after having their home ripped apart.
The family aren't angry at police, even after having their home ripped apart.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)
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