Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Letter Sent To U.S. Senator Tests Positive For Poison

Officials at the U.S. Capitol’s offsite mail facility on Tuesday discovered an envelope that tested positive for the deadly substance ricin. Its intended recipient was U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

Law enforcement officials have been on high alert since Monday’s bombing at the Boston marathon, but there has been no indication that the two events are related. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told Politico that the letter came from a source who frequently writes to members of Congress, and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) reports that the suspect is in custody.

CNN describes ricin as “a highly toxic substance derived from castor beans. As little as 500 micrograms — an amount the size of the head of a pin — can kill an adult.”

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