Investigations: A Tainted Stock Play

A Tainted Stock Play

The mystery of the poisoned Contac has apparently been solved. The alleged culprit, it turns out, was not interested in killing people but merely wanted to make a killing in the stock market. The FBI last week arrested Edward Marks, 24, of Temple City, Calif., and charged that last March he tampered with capsules of Contac and two other over-the-counter drugs manufactured by SmithKline Beckman. Nonlethal doses of rat poison were found in nine pills in stores in Houston and Orlando.

Before lacing the capsules, Marks, a former stockbroker trainee with Merrill Lynch, bought so-called put options in the stock of...

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