An employee of the Queen Mary was charged Thursday with threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and making criminal threats in connection with an anthrax scare at the Long Beach floating tourist attraction, authorities said.
Dionicio Garcia, 20, was arrested Tuesday by the FBI after he allegedly wrote, including a misspelling, the words "DANGER. DO NOT OPEN. ANTRAX" on a white five-gallon bucket of rotten beans and chili, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
It was the first felony case filed in Los Angeles County involving an anthrax hoax. Garcia faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted on all counts.
His boss described the incident as a prank that backfired.
The bucket was discovered in a dumpster by a carpenter on the Queen Mary as he was tossing out trash, officials said. The area was sealed off for several hours while the contents of the bucket were tested.