BNO News reports this week that New Zealand police have arrested a 60-year-old suspect in a 2014 blackmail threat to poison infant formula.
The threat was made in November, 2014. Federated Farmers and Fonterra received small packets of infant formula contaminated with the pesticide Sodium fluoroacetate 1080. In New Zealand, the compound is used to control possum populations, but it is highly toxic to all mammals. The threat was that more poisoning of infant formula would occur if the use of the pesticide did not stop.
Some 35 police investigators were involved in the investigation that took nearly a year. It looked at 2,600 suspects and cost roughly $2 million (U.S.) to complete.
The suspect was charged with two counts of blackmail, and could face up 14 years in prison if convicted.