Envelope addressed to Trump, White House contained ricin — AP reports

Clay Curtis
September 20, 2020

Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin.

A facility outside the White House typically screens all mail before it is delivered to the White House.

Officials said ricin was discovered inside the letter and the package was sent from Canada, the Wall Street Journal reported.

No one was reported harmed due to the ricin.

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In 2018, a Utah man, William Clyde Allen III, was indicted for making ricin-related threats, including mailing a threat against Trump and other federal officials including FBI Director Christopher Wray, with all the letters "containing castor bean material".

The packages mailed to the Pentagon were addressed to then-secretary of defence James Mattis and to the chief of naval operations John Richardson. The poison can take several forms, including powder, mist, or pellets. If ingested, injected or inhaled, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines.

The package - which is said to have arrived in an envelope of some sort - was reportedly caught early at an off-site mail facility. some outlets are saying it was sent from a Canadian address.

Additionally, four men in Georgia were charged and sentenced to prison for planning to target federal and state officials in five us states with ricin in 2011.

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