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Package containing ricin addressed to President Trump intercepted by law enforcement, report says


WASHINGTON (WFLA) – A package containing the poison ricin addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, according to CNN.

CNN says two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin.

Federal investigators were working to determine where the enveloped originated and who mailed it. The FBI, the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were leading the investigation.

In a statement, the FBI said agents were working to investigate “a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility” and that there is “no known threat to public safety.”

A Navy veteran was arrested in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes to Trump and members of his administration that contained the substance from which ricin is derived.

The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Ricin is a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans that has been used in terror plots. If ricin is ingested it can collapse the circulatory system.

In 2014, a Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after sending letters dusted with ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials.

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