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US man arrested for sending hundreds of letters with white powder

Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:16 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A man charged with sending hundreds of hoax letters containing a mysterious white powder was arrested in Texas by US law enforcement on Monday.

Hong Ming Truong, 66, was charged July 25 in federal court in the Northern District of Texas for sending what "may have reasonably been believed" to be anthrax since 2008, according to the complaint.

In each case, the powder was found to be harmless, but caused panic and strained the resources of law enforcement.

More than 500 of such letters were sent to Lockheed Martin in Grand Prairie, Texas and schools across the country.

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