A man has been jailed for trying to buy a chemical weapon online capable of killing “hundreds” of people.
On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that Jason William Siesser, a resident of Missouri, will spend 12 years behind bars in federal prison without the possibility of parole.
The 46-year-old tried to buy two and three 10ml vial batches of a “highly toxic chemical” through the dark web between June 14 and August 23, 2018. According to US prosecutors, three 10ml units of the chemical was enough to kill roughly 300 people.
The orders were made in the name of a minor and the equivalent of $150 in Bitcoin (BTC) was handed over. While in contact with the seller, Siesser told the trader he planned “to use it soon” after receipt.