In western Lake in the Hills, the FBI arrested Edward F. Bachner, age 35, Monday afternoon.
Special FBI Agent Curtis L. Hampton swore that Bachner of 5704 McKenzie Drive
“knowingly possessed a biological agent, toxin or delivery system, namely, Tetrodotoxin, of a type or in a quantity that, under the circumstances is not reasonably justified by a prophylactic, prospective, bona fide research, or other peaceful purpose.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation press release said,
“Bachner was arrested earlier today, without incident by the members of the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Algonquin, Illinois as he was attempting to take delivery of a supposed shipment of Tetrodotoxin, which is commonly known as TTX. Bachner was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Rockford with Illinois Possession of a Toxin, which is a felony offense.”
The complaint, which has not yet been released, according to the press release says,
“Bachner, using the alias of Edmond Backer, attempted to purchase 98 milligrams of TTX through a New Jersey chemical company with an internet purchase order. Bachner claimed that he was a doctor doing research for an Illinois company ‘EB Strategic Research.’
“An alert employee of the chemical supplier, whose suspicions were raised due to the large quantity of TTX ordered, notified the FBI in New Jersey, who in turn contacted the Chicago office. Subsequent investigation determined that ‘EB Strategic Research’ was a fictitious company and there was no Doctor Edmond Backer licensed to practice medicine in the State of Illinois.
“Backer was arrested after taking possession of a small quantity of TTX from a Joint Terrorism Task Force member, who was acting in an undercover capacity, while staging a controlled delivery. All of the TTX was recovered and there was no danger to the public.”
Bachner appeared before Magistrate Judge P. Michael Mahoney in Rockford and “ordered held without bond.”
Channel 5 showed a Huntley Fire Protection District Fire Truck and men in hazmat suits entering a cordoned off house.