Ala. man charged in letter hoax pleads guilty

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A 38-year-old Montevallo man charged with mailing eight letters containing white powder to the Pell City Post Office has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Milstead Earl "Mickey" Darden admitted before U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon on Tuesday that he conspired to mail the hoax letters on April 24.

U.S. Postal Inspectors arrested Darden and 38-year-old Clifton Lamar Dodd of Lincoln, shortly after a letter was deposited in a Pell City post office drop box. The white powder inside the letters was tested and found not to be anthrax.

Dodd is also suspected of mailing 17 letters containing white powder to authorities, inmates and politicians. A trial date for Dodd has not been set.

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

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