Earlier this week, law enforcement blocked a package containing the poison ricin to get to the person it was addressed to, Donald Trump.
The substance was confirmed to be the poison by two tests.
According to the New York Times, letters with the lethal substance were also mailed to federal offices in Texas but were also intercepted. Investigators question whether or not the packages circulated through the United States Postal Service. As for now, they believe the letters came from Canada and that a woman may be the suspect behind the incident.
Due to a White House policy that all mail be sorted and screened at an offsite location before making its way to the White House, the package never reached Trump’s hands. The Federal Bureau of Investigations, as well as the Secret Service, are investigating the incident.
According to CNN, Ricin is a highly toxic compound taken from castor beans that have been used in terror plots and can be used in the forms of powder, pellet, mist, or acid. A person may experience nausea, vomiting, and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen, and kidneys if consumed. It could also lead to death by the shut down of the circulatory system.
“The FBI and our U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility. At this time, there is no known threat to public safety,” the FBI’s Washington field office said in a statement to CNN in Saturday morning.