A Poisonous Plot

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DEADLY FIND Police guard the North London building where traces of ricin were discovered

Watching the police officers come and go, some of them in protective white suits and masks, and seeing the long hours they spent in the top-floor apartment above a local pharmacy, neighbors in North London's multiracial Wood Green section knew that something big was up. Last Tuesday morning they learned just how big. The Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch — as part of a joint intelligence operation with the Special Branch and MI5, Britain's domestic security service — raided premises in North and East London early on Jan. 5 and took six men, all believed to be North Africans, into custody under...

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