Four suspected members of a fringe north Georgia militia group have been charged with plotting to buy explosives and to manufacture a deadly toxin to attack government officials.
The U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday the four were part of a group that plotted to manufacture a biological toxin called ricin.
The four are: 73-year-old Frederick Thomas, 67-year-old Dan Roberts, 65-year-old Ray Adams and 68-year-old Samuel Crump. They live in Cleveland and Toccoa.
Two are charged with purchasing what they believed to be explosives and a silencer. The other two are accused of taking steps to produce the toxin.
In an interview with the AP, Thomas' wife Charlotte called the charges "baloney."
Margaret Roberts said her husband is not anti-government and would never hurt anyone.
Listed numbers for the other two suspects could not be found.