Federal prosecutors laid out their case against San Francisco political consultant Ryan Chamberlain in an indictment, charging that the moderate campaign operative with possession of a "destructive device" and a gun with the serial numbers filed off.
Chamberlain, whose Polk Street apartment was raided on May 31, leading to his dramatic arrest at Crissy Field on June 2nd, is scheduled to appear in court Monday and Tuesday to enter a plea. The information released by the government paints a chilling picture of his alleged activities.
According to the FBI, Chamberlain bought abrin, a naturally-occurring poison, online, and had it shipped to his apartment. He is said to made purchases on Black Market Reloaded, a Tor-accessed successor to the now-shuttered Silk Road. The FBI said that Chamberlain came to their attention during an investigation of that site.
As part its wide-ranging investigation, the FBI said the it discovered evidence that, in addition to two vials of abrin, Chamberlain had purchased fatal doses of nicotine and had attempted to buy ricin. In its raid, they said that they also discovered components of a remote-controlled bomb and a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition.
Chamberlain's attorney told the press that a mental health evaluation indicated that he had an urgent "need for further treatment."