Washington/Ottawa, September 20
An envelope addressed to the White House and intercepted by US authorities contained a substance recognized as ricin, a lethal poison that appeared to have been despatched from Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) mentioned on Saturday.
An RCMP spokesman confirmed “it has received a request for assistance from the FBI in connection with a suspicious letter sent to the White House.”
The RCMP added “the FBI conducted an analysis on the substance found in the envelope. This report indicated the presence of ricin, a toxic substance.” RCMP mentioned it working with the FBI however declined to debate additional particulars.
The envelope was intercepted at a authorities mail centre earlier than it arrived on the White House.
Asked concerning the studies, the FBI mentioned the company and “US Secret Service and US Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a US government mail facility. At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.”
The White House and US Secret Service declined to remark.
Ricin is discovered naturally in castor beans but it surely takes a deliberate act to transform it right into a organic weapon. Ricin may cause dying inside 36 to 72 hours from publicity to an quantity as small as a pinhead. No recognized antidote exists.
There have been quite a few incidents involving envelopes mailed with ricin to US officers.
In 2018, a Utah man, William Clyde Allen III, was indicted for making ricin-related threats, together with mailing a risk towards Trump and different federal officers together with FBI Director Christopher Wray, with all of the letters “containing castor bean material.” Allen stays in custody.
Two individuals have been convicted in separate incidents of sending ricin-tainted letters to then-President Barack Obama.
In May 2014, a Mississippi man, James Everett Dutschke, was sentenced to 25 years in jail after pleading responsible to sending letters with the lethal substance to Obama, in addition to a US senator and a state choose.
In July 2014, a Texas actor was sentenced to 18 years for mailing letters containing ricin to Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Reuters