New York City pharmacist who tried to make ricin, weapons-grade toxins, sentenced to prison

A New York City pharmacist who admitted to trying to make weapons-grade ricin and other legal toxins has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison.

Jordan Gonzalez was arrested on drug-related charges in 2013. He pleaded guilty in May 2014 to knowingly attempting to develop, produce and possess toxins and to possessing equipment for producing illegal narcotics.

He admitted he had been assembling equipment and materials to produce ricin, abrin and other toxins at his apartments in Jersey City and Manhattan. Gonzalez also obtained weapons, ammunition, body armor and survivalist-themed manuals.

The pharmacist was initially charged by federal authorities with trying to manufacture a controlled substance after authorities found he had made a series of purchases online of materials associated with the hallucinogen known as MDA.