Man charged with product tampering extortion


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Man charged with product tampering extortion
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"[David Ian Dickinson] allegedly sent a package to a Ralphs corporate office in Compton containing four food products, including baby food and formula, with a letter labeled 'blackmail demand,' said U.S. Attorney Debra W. Yang. A separate letter was sent several days later demanding $180,000. It threatened a wide range of tampered foods would be sent to stores if demands were not met. Tests on the food products sent to the Ralphs revealed a container of Gerber orange juice contained more than 50 percent hydraulic fluid. Boric acid was found in a jar of horseradish and a container of Similac infant formula."