Inmate charged with sending suspicious powder to TV stations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A central Ohio grand jury has indicted an Ohio prison inmate on charges he sent white powder purported to be anthrax in letters to TV stations and a state agency.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says 31-year-old Drew Manns sent the letters and made death threats to four TV stations and the state Correctional Institution Inspection Committee the second week of May.

O’Brien said Friday the envelopes contained harmless white powdered sweetener.

Manns was charged with making terrorist threats, use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction and intimidation.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records show Manns is serving a 5-year aggravated arson sentence.

He’s accused of sending the letters from the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.

Franklin County court records don’t list an attorney for Manns.

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