Envelope containing deadly poison ricin addressed to White House intercepted

Clay Curtis
September 20, 2020

An envelope addressed to the White House and containing the deadly substance ricin was reportedly intercepted on Saturday, according to reports.

William Clyde Allen's case is still pending because officials found he had sent castor beans instead of ricin powder.

The package was intercepted at a secure offsite facility, but it was addressed to Trump at the White House.

One official told the New York Times that investigators believe the package was sent from Canada. Two tests confirmed the presence of ricin, a naturally growing poison bean that can be ground up and unsafe if ingested or injected, according to experts.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secret Service are investigating where the package came from and whether others have been sent through the United States postal system. Depending on the severity of the exposure, it can also cause failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by the collapse of the circulatory system.

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"The FBI and our US Secret Service and US Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a US government mail facility", the FBI's Washington field office said in a statement.

"At this time, there is no known threat to public safety", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in its statement.

Back in 2018, a former member of the Navy was suspected of sending ricin in letters addressed to the Pentagon and Trump.

A Navy veteran was charged for attempting to send envelopes with ricin to multiple USA officials in 2018.

Two men were sentenced to lengthy prison terms in 2014 for attempting to send then-President Barack Obama packages that were contaminated with ricin.

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