A 60 year-old Auckland businessman has been charged in connection with the criminal blackmail threat to poison infant formula with 1080, made public in March this year.
This follows the execution of five search warrants in Auckland and the Rangitikei district this morning.
He has been charged with 2 counts of Blackmail, each charge relating to the threat letters sent to Fonterra and Federated Farmers in November 2014.
Blackmail is punishable by a sentence of up to 14 years imprisonment.
The accused will appear in the Manukau District Court this afternoon.
Great work to identify them and make an arrest.
Hopefully they will not get name suppression. It will be interesting, if they do not, to learn about their background and assumed motives.