ROWLETT (CBSDFW.COM) – For the past six years, someone has been mailing letters containing white powder from North Texas to cities across the United States and U.S. Embassies around the world. The man behind the mailings has been arrested and identified as 66-year-old Hong Minh Truong, according to federal authorities.
More than 500 letters have been mailed since December 2008, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. The letters were mailed in batches with a Dallas, Texas postmark. Authorities determined the same person was responsible for mailing the letters by at the language in the letters and the method by which the letters were sent.
The letters were sent to U.S. government offices, schools, daycare, aerospace companies and hotels near Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey.
“While it was determined that the mailings did not contain toxins or poisons, each incident required a field screening of the letter’s contents, which cost taxpayer dollars and diverted first responder resources,” explained Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez of FBI Dallas.
Hoax letters mailed from the Dallas area on May 7, 2012, contained a white-powder substance with the following statement:
Al Qaeda back! Special thing for you
What the hell where are you Scooby Doo, Counter Intelligence, CIA, you do not know how to catch the triple dealer spy in your law enforcement. What the hell where are you Scooby Doo, Internal Affairs, FBI, you don’t know how to arrest the bad cop in your law enforcement.
You all flaming idiot, ignorant and arrogant, know nothing! How to protect this country! U.S.A
We are Al Qaeda, U.B.L FBI, Al Qaeda, SS Nazi FBI, working in your agency. We claim everything.
Truong has been charged with false information and hoaxes. He will remain in federal custody as he awaits trial. If he is convicted, Truong could face five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
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