A package containing ricin that was addressed to President Trump at the White House was intercepted off-site.
CNN broke the news on Saturday that the package was intercepted at a mail facility over the past few days, and tests confirmed that it contained ricin, a deadly toxin that is naturally occurring in castor beans. A U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal that it appeared the package came from Canada, and no suspect had been taken into custody.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the Secret Service and was directed to contact the FBI.
The Washington field office of the FBI said in a statement, “The FBI and our U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility. At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.”
The Washington Examiner also reached out to the White House for comment.
Back in 2018, four letters which tested positive for ricin were sent to top U.S. officials, including Trump. A probable cause affidavit obtained by the media indicated that a man named William Clyde Allen III had confessed to sending all four letters and buying castor beans. No one was injured.
A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned a seven-count indictment in October 2019 charging Allen, then 39, in connection with ricin-related threats. Allen pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Author : Daniel Chaitin
Source : Washington Examiner : Package containing deadly ricin addressed to Trump intercepted