Dozens of FBI agents and local law officers searched the home of a home-grown terror suspect, one of four arrested in 2011 accused of plotting to blow up government buildings in Atlanta and use a much-feared poison to kill thousands of motorists along metro area highways.
As many as 100 police and agents swarmed the Stephens County, GA, home of Ray Adams, 56, looking for more evidence that he may have been part of the geriatric terror plot. Authorities said they executed three search warrants – all of them sealed.
Adams is a former employee of the US Agriculture Department who relatives said raised castor beans to keep moles away from his yard. When arrested after an undercover investigation, Adams was accused of plotting to use those same beans to create ricin to be spread from a moving vehicle along Atlanta’s interstate highways.
Adams was indicted along with Frederick Thomas, Dan Roberts and Samuel Crump, all in their 60s and 70s. Thomas and Roberts have pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges and agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. Adams’ trial is still pending.
Federal prosecutors said they had recordings of the four men claiming to have a list of government officials they planned to “take out.” The audio recordings also contained talk from the suspects about how to spread ricin on highways in Atlanta and other cities. They also reconnoitered federal buildings with plans to blow them up with explosives.
Defense attorneys dismissed the taped conversations as idle chatter among older men unhappy with the direction of their country.
“These grumpy old men are talking trash,” said defense attorney Michael Trost. “There was never any intention of carrying it out.”