Illinois Man Busted With Puffer Fish Toxin

Tried to buy troubling amount from lab
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 1, 2008 4:29 AM CDT
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(Newser) – An Illinois man has been arrested for possession of a deadly neurotoxin found in puffer fish, reports CNN. Authorities were alerted after the man, claiming to be a doctor, attempted to purchase a significant amount of tetrodotoxin from a New Jersey lab. The poison—1,200 times more deadly than cyanide—can prove fatal to consumers of puffer fish if the delicacy is not prepared properly.