Braham man charged in white powder incident
After an extensive investigation involving the Pine County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), 45-year-old Johnnie Earl Long of Braham has been taken into custody following the November 19 incident where six envelopes containing an unknown white powder substance were mailed to the Pine County Courthouse incident and other related crimes.
The investigation of the November 19 incident involving the envelopes was linked to an already on-going investigation by PCSO investigators, the East Central Violent Offenders Task Force (EC-VOTF) and the FBI concerning multiple incidents involving the planting of homemade devices constructed to look like explosives or binary explosive devices placed at various locations to cause fear.
Once the incidents were connected, it was evident that a lone suspect was committing these acts and escalating the explosive potential of each new device planted. The latest incident involving the envelopes containing a bacterial agent mixed in with a household powder affirmed the potential for this suspect to commit an act with the possibility of lethal consequences.
The investigation developed a person of interest that quickly resulted in the arrest of Long as the suspect in these incidents.
As the suspect was being taken into custody December 12, a search warrant was executed on his home in an isolated area of rural Pine County. The apprehension and the execution of the search warrant were without incident.
Long is being held pending bail of $1,000,000 without conditions or $500,000 with conditions. Long faces 21 felonies and two misdemeanors, including several charges for making terroristic threats and having real or simulated weapons of mass destruction.