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Texas man accused of trying to sell cyanide

Muskogee_A Texas man claimed he had a 25-gallon drum of cyanide and tried to sell it to an FBI informant, touting the poison's usefulness in mass killings, according to a court affidavit.

Jeffrey Don Detrixhe, 38, of Higgins, Texas, was arrested Monday in southeastern Oklahoma on a complaint of possession or transfer of a chemical weapon. He waived his initial court appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court, and a judge ordered U.S. Marshals to extradite him to Texas.

Julia O'Connell, Detrixhe's court-appointed attorney, had not yet returned to her office and was not immediately available to comment.

According to an affidavit, FBI agents taped conversations in which Detrixhe told an informant that he had a 25-gallon drum of cyanide and was willing to sell it in exchange for $10,000, a thermal imager and a fully automatic Russian-made AK-47 assault rifle.

Detrixhe allegedly told the informant he could turn the white cyanide briquettes into gas by using hydrochloric acid, according to the affidavit.

"I could kill a city with that ... Euthanize a whole village," Detrixhe said in the taped conversation, according to the affidavit.

Mark White of the FBI's Dallas office said some cyanide was recovered when a search warrant was executed at Detrixhe's home near the Oklahoma border, but he would not say how much.

White said U.S. attorneys would likely seek Detrixhe's indictment in the next 30 days. Detrixhe was attending a funeral near Idabel, Okla., when he was arrested.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe cyanide as a "rapidly acting, potentially deadly chemical" that prevents the body from processing oxygen. The chemical can be used in manufacturing, metallurgy and pest extermination.

Detrixhe will have a preliminary hearing upon returning to Texas.

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