Package containing deadly poison RICIN addressed to President Trump is intercepted by the Secret Service before it arrives at the White House
- Package was intercepted by screeners this week before it reached White House
- It appears to have been mailed from Canada, and investigators seek the culprit
- Ricin is a deadly poison that can kill in the amount of a few grains of salt
A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week.
All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery. Two law enforcement sources told CNN that two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin.
The envelope to the White House was caught at the final offsite processing facility where mail is screened before being sent to the White House mail room.
Investigators believe that it was sent from Canada, a law enforcement official told the New York Times.
The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin
Ricin is a highly potent toxin derived from castor beans, and is extremely lethal if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested. Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be lethal to adults.
‘The F.B.I. 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,’ the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement to the Times. ‘At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.’
Deadly ricin has previously been used to target American politicians through the mail.
In 2014, actress Shannon Richardson, who appeared on The Walking Dead, was convicted of sending envelopes containing ricin addressed to then President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
She was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery
Ricin was also featured in a multi-season plot arc in the television series Breaking Bad, which inspired several real-life criminal schemes involving the poison.
In 2014, Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman pleaded guilty to a federal charge after a bag of ricin was found in his dorm room.
Prosecutors say he had planned to use it on another student he had formerly been in a relationship with. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison.