Jason Siesser Bio/Wiki
Jason Siesser, a Columbia, Missouri native, was given a 12-year term in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to allegations that he used the dark web to buy enough chemical weapons to destroy 300 people.
Siesser ordered five 10-milliliter units of dimethylmercury on July 4 and 5, 2018, a highly volatile, reactive, flammable, and colorless neurotoxin that is easily absorbed through the skin. The substance has the potential to cause serious mercury poisoning.
Slurred speech, physical disability, vomiting, blindness, loss of hearing, coma, and even death may occur as a result of such poisoning.
He is 46 years old.
Trying To Buy Chemical Weapon Full Details
According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Siesser requested enough of the chemical to destroy about 300 people. He allegedly made his transactions on the dark web, a section of the internet accessible only via special software that allows users and website operators to remain untraceable and anonymous.
One of the transactions made by the Missouri resident was made with around $150 in Bitcoin, a digital currency.
He put the order for the chemicals under the name of a minor without the consent of the minor. The Department of Justice did not say how Siesser got the young person’s name. He also allegedly told the seller that he intended to use the chemicals as soon as he got them. According to the Associated Press, prosecutors are skeptical that Siesser planned a public assault.
After obtaining a search warrant for Siesser’s house, authorities discovered what Siesser had requested and discovered it to be chemically inactive.
100 grams of cadmium metal, 500 milliliters of hydrochloric acid, and 10 grams of cadmium arsenide, a radioactive substance that can be fatal if swallowed or inhaled, were also discovered. On March 30, 2018, he purchased the three chemicals, according to an invoice.
Siesser is the most recent individual to face charges related to hazardous chemicals. Joshua Hunsucker, a North Carolina native, was accused of poisoning his wife with eye drops in 2019.