Southwick man indicted for sending threatening letters, white powder to federal agencies

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SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – A Southwick man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly sending threatening letters and white powder to federal agencies in Springfield.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 47-year-old Kevin Johnson was indicted Thursday on two counts of conveying false information and hoaxes and one count of mailing threatening communications to a federal law enforcement officer. 

Courtesy Randy H. (ReportIt@wwlp.com)

Johnson was taken into federal custody on November 30. A 22News viewer captured video of the police activity outside his home in Southwick the day of the arrest.

Johnson is facing multiple years in prison if convicted.

Timeline (per court documents obtained by 22News)

July 23, 2018: Security cameras at FBI Springfield office capture a man with a white beard throw a manila envelope (identified as Package 1 in the criminal complaint) at the front door and leave. 

Package 1, according to the criminal complaint, contained multiple pieces of paper with handwritten statements including “Death to TRUMP.”

In package 1 contained a page with the anarchist-A and ISIS symbol with the phrase: You can't spell warning without war / Death to Trump. Package delivered to FBI Springfield on July 23, 2018 (Courtesy: FBI Boston)

October 23, 2018: The Springfield Social Security Administration Office received a package containing white powder and a handwritten letter stating, “FOR ALLAH YOU DIE, ATHENA KNOWS YOUR LIES, DEATH TO YOU TRAITORS, AND THE [expletive] FBI.” 

In package 2 on the back side of the letter was a hand-drawn anarchist A symbol that contained the acronym "ISIL" with white powder. Package mailed to SSA Springfield on October 23, 2018 (Courtesy: FBI Boston)

October 24, 2018: The FBI Springfield allegedly received a package addressed to “AGENT UNCLE HAM.” It also reportedly contained white powder and a note stating, “FOR ALLAH YOU DIE, ATHENA KNOWS YOUR LIES, DEATH TO THE N.O.R.A.D SPIES, AND THE FBI.” 

Read more: Powder found in suspicious envelope at Springfield Social Security office identified

In package 2 on the top of the letter was a hand-drawn anarchist A symbol that contained the acronym "ISIL" with white powder. Package mailed to SSA Springfield on October 23, 2018 (Courtesy: FBI Boston)

November 13, 2018: The Springfield branch office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office received a package with a return address of “WANTED FOR TERRORISM.” The package allegedly included a handwritten note and two newspaper article clippings– one of which was a report that the SSA Springfield building had been closed after receiving a suspicious package with what was later determined to be onion salt. The second article was about the death of Whitey Bulger.

In package 4 contained three items, a handwritten note and two newspaper articles. The letter has the hand-drawn anarchist A symbol with a reference to "ISIL." Package mailed to USAO Springfield on November 13, 2018 (Courtesy: FBI Boston)

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