FOREST CORNERS, Fla. (AP) - Police have found about five pounds of the
toxic element mercury, which a man had told authorities he planned to use
contaminate the water supply in Salem, Mass.
Scott Duke Fuller, 32, told Salem police Thursday that he had placed
element in a self storage facility in Forest Corners in Ocala National
Forest last May.
Marion County sheriff's deputies found a bottle they suspected contained
mercury later in the day, said spokesman Lenny Uptagraft.
Uptagraft said the bottle will likely be sent Friday to a laboratory
testing. It remained unclear how long it has been since Fuller last had
access to the mercury.
Salem police arrested Fuller on Wednesday because he was carrying a gun
while a restraining order had been placed against him, a violation of
Massachusetts law, said Detective Mike Andreas. He later told officers about
the mercury, Andreas said.
Andreas said more charges may be added if the substance found in the
storage unit turns out to be mercury.
Fuller had no prior arrest record in Massachusetts, Andreas said. It
could not immediately be determined early Friday if Fuller had an
Fuller, originally from Oklawaha outside of Ocala, had been living with
former girlfriend in Salem.