Green Scare Defendant, Justin Solondz, in Custody

Source: Komo News

Justin Solondz, wanted in connection with the fiery 2001 destruction of the University of Washington Horticulture Building has been expelled from China, and is currently in federal custody in Chicago, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He is set to be returned to the Western District of Washington where he has been indicted in the decade-old incident.

Solondz, a former student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia who grew up in Randolph, N.J., was indicted in California and Washington state in 2006 in connection with a series of arsons attributed to a collection of radical environmentalists aligned with the Animal and Earth Liberation Fronts, from 1996 to 2001.

Investigators heard little of Solondz after his indictment, and the FBI issued a $50,000 reward late last year for information leading to his arrest. At the time, the agency said he might be in Canada, Europe or Asia. Then in 2009, he was convicted of a drug charge in China after authorities found 33 pounds of marijuana leaves buried in the courtyard of a home he rented. Solondz pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to prison.

Solondz has been charged with conspiracy, arson, making an unregistered destructive device and using a destructive device during a crime of violence. He is the only one of five people still wanted for his alleged role in the destruction of the UW building…

As of yet, we do not know his address, but we’ll put it out there as soon as we can. Until then, all our best to his friends and family, and all our love and support to Justin in his time of great sacrifice.

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