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Florida Man Charged With Deadly Toxin Sale Due in New Jersey

19-year-old Jesse Korf was arrested last month for smuggling and possessing a toxin called abrin.

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    A Florida man is due in federal court in New Jersey to face charges after authorities said he sold a deadly toxin to an undercover agent.

    Jesse Korff's initial appearance is scheduled in Newark, N.J., Friday.

    The 19-year-old resident of LaBelle, Fla., was arrested last month in Florida and charged with smuggling and possessing a toxin — in this case, abrin — for use as a weapon.

    Abrin is a natural poison found in the seeds of a plant. It is similar to ricin.

    Prosecutors said Korff negotiated over the Internet with an undercover agent in New Jersey to sell the agent the toxin for $1,500.

    Prosecutors say Korff hid the toxin in two candles at a rest stop near Fort Myers, Fla. No one was sickened.