An envelope addressed to the White House contained a substance called Ricin, a deadly poison, and several media outlets who reported the matter to a federal official on Saturday.
Envelopes from Canada are believed to have been intercepted at a government mail center before the arrival of the White House, New York Times, CNN and the Wall Street Journal.
When asked about the reports, the FBI said the agency and “the US Secret Service and US Postal Inspection Service Partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a US government mail facility. At this time, any threat to public safety Is not. “
The White House and the US Secret Service declined to comment.
Ricin is found naturally in castor beans but does a deliberate act to turn it into a biological weapon. Being as small as a pin, Ricin can cause death within 36 to 72 hours. No known antidote exists.
There have been several incidents involving envelopes mailed to Ricin to US authorities.
In 2018, a Utah man, William Clyde Allen III, was prompted to make “containing Ranger bean material” along with all the letters, along with threats against Trick and other federal officials, including FBI director Christopher Ray. Allen remains in custody.
Two people were convicted in separate incidents of sending a riskin-tainted letter to then President Barack Obama.
In May 2014, a Mississippi man, James Everett Deutsche, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for pleading guilty to sending a deadly substance to Obama as well as letters to a US senator and a state judge.
In July 2014, a Texas actor was sentenced to 18 years in prison for mailing letters to Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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