Dr. Arrested in Bubonic Plague Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/15/03

Dr. Arrested in Bubonic Plague Case

Federal agents have made an arrest in the case of the missing vials containing the deadly bubonic bacteria from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

At 7:50pm, Wednesday evening, the F.B.I. took Dr. Thomas C. Butler into federal custody. Dr. Butler is a researcher who has been working on new methods on treating bubonic plague. Wednesday night, he is charged with making a false statement to a federal agent, specifically that "thirty viles under his control were missing January 11th."

Sources close to NewsChannel 11 have also revealed that federal agents and Lubbock police searched his private residence overnight. Now for some background information on Dr. Butler. He completed his education at Johns Hopkins University, and Vanderbilt University. He has been involved in plague research for more than 25 years and is internationally recognized in his field.

Currently, Dr. Butler serves as Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases Division in the TTUHSC Department of Internal Medicine.

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