Law enforcement earlier this week intercepted a package addressed to President Trump containing the poison ricin, according to two officials. Two tests were conducted to confirm the substance in the package was ricin, CNN reported.
It’s likely the package never would have even reached the White House. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility.
The FBI and Secret Service are investigating the matter. “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,” a spokesperson for the FBI told The Hill.
Ricin is a toxic compound made from castor bean extract that has been used in previous terror plans and assassination attempts. Ingestion causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines. It can also result in failure of the liver, spleen, kidneys, and the fatal collapse of the circulatory system.
The package appears to have been sent from Canada, an official told The New York Times.
Sources: The Hill, New York Post; Photo: WAFB9