Packages with suspected ricin sent to Pentagon, Navy chiefs

Packages suspected of containing ricin found at Pentagon mail center

Ricin Detected in Mail Sent to Pentagon Facility

At least two packages suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin have been sent to the Pentagon this week.

One of the letters was addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis; the other, to Chief of Naval Operations John M. Richardson, a US official confirmed to WTOP.

- The FBI has seized two envelopes delivered to the Pentagon that are suspected of containing ricin, according to Fox News.

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The facility is now under quarantine, defence officials said on Tuesday.

Ricin is found naturally in castor beans but it takes a deliberate act to convert it into a biological weapon.

Officials at the Defense Department's mail processing center have put a hold on a number of packages after they reportedly tested positive for poisonous substances.

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A letter sent to the Pentagon has tested positive for the toxic compound Ricin.

Pentagon authorities found the packages during screening on Monday and turned the envelopes over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today, officials said. If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system. That same year, USA counterterrorism officials said they were increasingly tracking the possibility that al-Qaida would use ricin in attacks against the United States.

'Those envelopes are now undergoing further testing. "As this is ongoing, we will have no further comment".

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The Secret Service said it's also cooperating with law enforcement to fully investigate the suspicious envelope addressed to the president.

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