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6-2-05

Marshalltown man accused in mail incidents

A Marshalltown man is accused of mailing an envelope containing a powdered substance to Iowa State's Admissions Office, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to the release, Anand Gundo Nariboli, 46, appeared in U.S. District Court June 2 on charges that he threatened the use of an explosive, mailed threatening communications, and obstructed the use of the mails.

Nariboli was arrested at his apartment in Marshalltown on June 1 by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The release also states that a federal criminal complaint filed against Nariboli alleges that over the past few months, Nariboli mailed a letter to the Dow Chemical Company in Milwaukee, Wis., threatening to blow up an FBI office, mailed a letter containing rat poison that broke open at the Des Moines Post Office, mailed an envelope containing a powdered substance which was received at the Iowa State's Admissions building and made anonymous telephone calls to the Iowa State Radio making reference to bombs and serial killers.

Iowa State's Alumni Hall was evacuated last Tuesday morning when the powder spilled out of an envelope in the building's mailroom. Employees were sent home for the day. Hazardous materials units from the Ames Fire Department and the Des Moines Fire Department responded to the scene.

Investigators later determined that the powder was a common household cleaner.

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