A 19-year-old from LaBelle could spend the rest of his life in prison after federal investigators said he manufactured and sold a dangerous poison through an online black market network.
Korff entered the plea in a Trenton, New Jersey federal courtroom. He agreed to plead guilty to five counts of developing, producing, transferring and possessing toxins, five counts of smuggling toxins and one count of conspiring to kill a person in a foreign country.
The investigation involved an underground Internet marketplace known as “Black Market Reloaded” (BMR).
Korff set up a seller’s profile on BMR in August 2013. He advertised the sale of deadly toxins and provided purchasers with information on how much poison was needed to kill a person.
Korff sold ricin and abrin to international purchasers in India, Austria, Denmark and England.
A federal undercover agent contacted Korff through BMR and negotiated the sale of abrin. Korff told the buyer about his delivery methods, which included concealing vials in a carved out and re-melted candle.
Korff’s guilty plea carries a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine for just the toxin and murder conspiracy charges. The smuggling charges carry a potential 10 year prison sentence and a similar fine.
Korff is scheduled to be sentenced November 21.