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Something Smells Fishy Here

By Wyatt Earp | July 1, 2008

“Poison . . . Poison . . . Tasty fish!”

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — An Illinois man was charged with possession of a potentially deadly neurotoxin commonly found in species of puffer fish after the FBI led a raid at his home Monday.

Edward F. Bachner, 35, of Lake in the Hills, was charged with one count of illegal possession of a toxin, according to a federal complaint filed in U.S. district court. Bachner is listed as the corporate secretary of Rosetta Wireless Corporation in Naperville, in suburban Chicago.

Tetrodotoxin is a neurotoxin that in large doses can cause paralysis and death. It’s often linked to consumption of puffer fish, a delicacy from the Indian and Pacific oceans that can prove fatal if not prepared properly, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Bachner, using the alias Edmond Backer, attempted to purchase 98 milligrams of tetrodotoxin through the Web site of a New Jersey chemical company, according to the FBI. Bachner claimed he was a doctor working for Illinois-based EB Strategic Research, which does not exist. (H/TCNN)

I’ll give him this: he certainly gets an “A” for originality. Maybe we can punish him by forcing him to ingest his recent purchase?

Topics: The Job | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Something Smells Fishy Here”

  1. USA_Admiral Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Without people such as this guy would the world be interesting at all?

  2. Randal Graves Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 8:19 am

    “corporate secretary”…queer

  3. marvin Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 8:30 am

    I wonder who he was planning on offing? Since he is a male secretary, maybe he was planning on getting back on someone for insulting his coffee fetching, or holiday decorating skills.

  4. -->Doghouse --> Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 10:30 am

    “Gee, why won’t anybody eat my cooking?”

  5. Miss Mud Puddle Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I’m not big on seafood anyways.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Admiral – Probably not.

    Randal – EXACTLY!!! Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Marvin – Maybe be brought in a menorah with only three candles on it, or a metal Christmas tree?

    Rorie – Oh, that’s nice!

    Doghouse – If you see puffer fish bones in your garbage, run!

    MMP – I thought all you folks ate crawfish?

  7. Miss Mud Puddle Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    ICK! I don’t touch them things.

    I will eat: friend catfish and fried popcorn shrimp.

    Speaking of which, I think I want Red Lobster!

    And some people eat aligator. BARF! I ain’t putting nothin from a swamp in my mouth!