KANSAS CITY, Missouri - KSN News first told you about the investigation into Wichita's water system last week.
Federal investigators say 69-year-old Manuel Garcia, of Kansas City, MO, is behind bars for attempting to extort thousands from the FBI and for making serious threats to contaminate the water supply of four cities.
Court documents show Garcia was arrested and charged in federal court Friday for threatening FBI agents with what they say was an imaginary plot to contaminate our drinking water.
KSN News did some digging and found this isn't the first time Garcia has been accused of making such threats.
Manuel Garcia, 69 is no stranger to federal investigators.
He was arrested and charged back in April 2010 for placing a suspicious package at a courthouse in downtown Kansas City and for making a false bomb threat over the phone.
Three years later prosecutors accused Garcia of making threats to the public water systems of Kansas City, St. Louis, Topeka, and Wichita.
A court affidavit alleged that Garcia made threats to contaminate the water system by calling three different law enforcement agencies.
The affidavit said in part, "that the water supplies will be contaminated in the next 10 to 15 days with an unknown substance contained in four 55 gallon tanks," and "four people dressed in uniform with Capital Pluming logos in two vans were carrying an unknown substance to be used against the municipal water supplies."
The affidavit also said in part that Garcia admitted to placing the three calls and that his two friends/ acquaintances named Raul and Shariff were carrying out the plan.
Garcia told investigators in the affidavit in part, "they had tested their plan out on some horses and the animals went into convulsion and died."
But investigators say they found no credible sources to back up the potential threat.
Prosecutors say Garcia tried to extort money from investigators asking for $10,000 in exchange for his help identifying the source of the threat.
Garcia is now in federal custody waiting for a detention hearing.
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