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Minnesota man charged with making threats at Pine County Courthouse

A 45-year-old man from rural Pine County was officially charged Thursday after being arrested on the suspicion of mailing threatening letters and disrupting activity at the Pine County Courthouse in November.

Johnnie Earl Long was charged with one count of “false information and hoaxes” and six counts of mailing threatening communications, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis reported Friday.

Long is accused of sending threatening letters to numerous officials at the Pine County Courthouse. Although these letters contained a white powder that proved harmless, the letters suggested the powder contained a lethal substance.

If convicted, Long faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison on the false information count and five years on each threat count.