A Belzoni man is behind bars, suspected in connection with a series of bomb threats recently called into the Milwaukee Tool Plant in Greenwood.
According to a release from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Greenwood Police, with the help of a multi-jurisdictional task force, arrested Ottowa Anderson, 20, of 209 Central Ave. in Belzoni.
Anderson was an employee at Milwaukee Tool, according to a report by the Greenwood Commonwealth.
Anderson is currently charged with eight counts of false reporting of explosives and weapons of mass destruction.
He is in the Leflore County Jail on 10,000 bond per count ($80,000).
Each count carries penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, the release said.
“We do not take incidents like this lightly, which is evident by the amount of resources we devoted to making this arrest,” Greenwood Police Chief Raymond Moore said. “These types of events take a huge toll not only the businesses but the entire community as a whole.”
Agencies assisting the Greenwood Police Department include the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi’s Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, the US Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the US Marshal Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Attorney’s Office.