2 accused of mailing powder-filled letters

PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) - U.S. postal inspectors have arrested two men they believe mailed eight letters containing white powder at the Pell City post office.

Authorities say 38-year-old Clifton Lamar Dodd and 38-year-old Milstead Earl Darden had an initial court appearance Monday on charges of mailing hoax letters.

Dodd is also suspected of mailing 17 letters containing white powder in March and April to authorities, inmates and politicians like U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, in Birmingham.

According to an affidavit, postal inspectors and federal agents monitored Dodd and Darden on Saturday, after receiving a tip that they planned to mail powder letters.

They followed the two men to the Pell City post office and
observed Dodd get out, walk to the drop boxes and leave.
Investigators later found eight letters leaking white powder.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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