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March 13, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plainclothes officers Tuesday conducted a search of an apartment here of the husband of a woman who nearly died after ingesting a Sudafed capsule laced with cyanide. A spokesman for the FBI in Seattle, 60 miles north of here, declined to confirm that federal agents were attempting to collect evidence in the modest apartment rented by Joe Meling, 29, whose wife, Jennifer Meling, 28, ingested a tainted Sudafed 12-Hour capsule Feb. 2 but survived.
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August 25, 1992 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighteen months after two Washington state residents died after taking Sudafed 12-hour cold capsules laced with cyanide, federal authorities Monday announced the arrest of a 31-year-old former insurance salesman who they say planted the poisoned medicine to conceal a scheme to murder his wife for insurance money. A 20-count indictment filed in Seattle charges Joseph Earl Meling of Olympia with product tampering, mail fraud and perjury. Authorities claim that the former Prudential Insurance Co.
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August 25, 1992 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighteen months after two Washington state residents died after taking Sudafed 12-hour cold capsules laced with cyanide, federal authorities Monday announced the arrest of a 31-year-old former insurance salesman who they say planted the poisoned medicine to conceal a scheme to murder his wife for insurance money. A 20-count indictment filed in Seattle charges Joseph Earl Meling of Olympia with product tampering, mail fraud and perjury. Authorities claim that the former Prudential Insurance Co.
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March 13, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plainclothes officers Tuesday conducted a search of an apartment here of the husband of a woman who nearly died after ingesting a Sudafed capsule laced with cyanide. A spokesman for the FBI in Seattle, 60 miles north of here, declined to confirm that federal agents were attempting to collect evidence in the modest apartment rented by Joe Meling, 29, whose wife, Jennifer Meling, 28, ingested a tainted Sudafed 12-Hour capsule Feb. 2 but survived.
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March 9, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of three suspect Sudafed capsules recovered in a nationwide recall has been determined to contain a highly toxic form of cyanide typically used in the metal plating industry, FBI officials confirmed Friday. Assistant special agent John Eyer said the capsule was purchased at a K mart store in the Tacoma, Wash., suburb of Lakewood and near where two people died and a third fell seriously ill after taking Sudafed 12-Hour capsules laced with cyanide.
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April 4, 1993 | From Associated Press
A man was convicted Friday of drug tampering in the 1991 deaths of two people and the near-fatal poisoning of his wife. A juror called the defendant "a remorseless liar." Joseph E. Meling was found guilty of putting cyanide-filled capsules into packages of Sudafed 12-hour decongestant in an attempt to kill his wife for $700,000 in life insurance, and of putting the capsules in five other packages to make it appear she was the victim of a random killer.
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