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Utah woman arrested for attempting to purchase weapon of mass destruction online

Posted at 8:44 PM, Dec 19, 2019

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A Salt Lake County woman has been arrested for attempting to purchase a weapon of mass destruction on the internet, authorities announced Thursday.

In a joint investigation involving multiple local and federal agencies, officers monitored the activity of Janie Linn Ridd before arresting her.

They said Ridd attempted to purchase a "possible biological agent" online. No further details about the "agent" were released.

Utah Department of Public Safety, the FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force and the United States Postal Inspection Service were involved in the investigation.

Authorities said Ridd did not have the proper evidence to confirm she was legally allowed to possess the biological agent.

Officials said there was never a threat to the general public.