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ANTHRAX THREAT ARREST

BSO Case Number: BS01-11-02623
PIO Number: 01-11-11
Date: Nov. 6, 2001
Time: 1100
Place of Occurrence: 2161 NW 20 Street, uninc. Fort Lauderdale

Victim(s):

  • Broward Sheriff's Office
  • State of Florida

Suspect(s):

  • Lucille Sapp, 54, 7/01/47, female, 131 Florida Ave., Ft. Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

The mother of a drug suspect was arrested Tuesday night for uttering an anthrax hoax to BSO detectives who arrested her son.

Lucille Sapp, 54, is being held in the Broward County Jail, charged with Threatened Use of a Hoax Weapon of Mass Destruction. The threat dates back to October 23rd, when BSO detectives arrested her adult son, Jeffrey Sapp, on narcotics charges as part of Operation START (see BSO news release #01-10-41). After her son was taken into custody, Lucille Sapp, wearing a U.S. Post Office uniform, approached a BSO detective and handed him a pen, saying “take my number and give it to my baby.” When the detective asked Sapp to repeat her number she said, “don’t make me go postal on you – there’s anthrax on that pen.”

The detective underwent blood tests to detect anthrax exposure and the results were negative, indicating that Sapp’s threat was a hoax. A warrant charging her with the crime, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, was obtained and she was taken into custody. Sapp’s bond is set at $25,000.

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Det. A. Gianino, Capt. J. Brooks, SID Jim Leljedal / PIO 11/7/01 1130

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