Two Charged in Ricin, Explosives Plot Set to Head to Trial Today

January 6, 2014

The trial of two Toccoa men charged in an alleged plot to attack the U.S. government is expected to get underway with jury selection this morning.

Samuel J. Crump and Ray H. Adams, both of Toccoa, are set to go to trial starting today in U.S. District Court in Gainesville before Judge Richard W. Story.

Adams and Crump are charged with conspiring to possess and produce the biological toxin ricin and attempted production of ricin. 

They were arrested back in November 2011 along with two other men, Dan Roberts of Toccoa and Frederick Thomas of Cleveland. 

According to federal authorities, the four men were charged with being part of a fringe militia group that was planning attacks against citizens and the government. 

In April 2012, Roberts and Thomas each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obtain an unregistered explosive device and silencer.   

Those two were each sentenced to five years in federal prison back in August 2012.

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