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Man arrested in anthrax mail hoax

October 30, 2008|Tony Perry

The FBI arrested a 66-year-old man Wednesday in Sacramento on suspicion of mailing 120 hoax anthrax packets, including one to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Marc Keyser was arrested without incident. No alleged motive was announced.

A packet marked as anthrax arrived at the newspaper along with a CD with the name of Colin Powell scrawled on it. The FBI and San Diego Fire Department shut down the employee entrance to the newspaper.

A field test determined that the contents were not anthrax, a spokesman said. Other packets were sent to media organizations, a congressional office and at least two restaurants, the FBI said.

-- Tony Perry

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