Arrest Made In Pine County White Powder Envelopes Case
“Update to November 19, 2013 incident where 6 envelopes containing an unknown white powder substance were mailed to the Pine County Courthouse:
The Pine County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the above incident
After an extensive investigation involving the Pine County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations a 45 year old Pine County man has been taken into custody on the above incident and other related crimes.
The investigation of the November 19th incident involving the envelopes was linked to an already on-going investigation by PCSO investigators, The East Central Violent Offenders Task Force and the FBI concerning multiple incidents involving the planting of homemade devices constructed to look like explosives or binary explosive devices placed at various locations to cause fear.
Once the incidents were connected it was evident that a lone suspect was committing these acts and escalating the explosive potential of each new device planted. The latest incident involving the 6 envelopes containing a bacterial agent mixed in with a household powder affirmed the potential for this suspect to commit an act with the possibility of lethal consequences.
The investigation developed a person of interest that was quickly developed into the arrest of this person as the suspect in these incidents. As the suspect was being taken into custody today a search warrant involving PCSO investigators, the EC-VOTF, St. Paul Police EOD/WMD unit, the MN ARNG 55th Civil Support Team and the FBI was executed on his home in an isolated area of rural Pine County. The apprehension and the execution of the search warrant were without incident.
The subject is in custody at the Pine County Jail for multiple Terrorist and Terroristic Threats charges.”
The subject has been identified as 45-year old Johnnie Earl Long.