Man at center of Las Vegas ricin case arrested, charged

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A man who authorities believe was sickened by the deadly toxin ricin has been arrested on federal charges in Las Vegas.

The FBI says 57-year-old Roger Bergendorff was arrested Wednesday after being released from the hospital where he had been treated since Feb. 14.

He is charged with possession of a biological toxin and two weapons charges stemming from materials authorities say were found in his room at an extended-stay motel several blocks off the Las Vegas Strip.

The three charges carry a possible penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a $750,000 fine.

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