Packages suspected of containing ricin are found at Pentagon

Marsha Scott
October 3, 2018

The mail facility is in a separate building on the grounds of the Pentagon, and the two pieces of mail that tested positive never entered the Pentagon building.

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Defense department spokesman Chris Sherwood said at least two suspicious packages, addressed to someone in the Pentagon, were intercepted at a nearby screening center on Monday.

Two or more packages delivered to the Pentagon this week were suspected to contain the deadly poison ricin, an official said on Tuesday.

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Ricin is found in castor beans and can be fatal if inhaled or ingested. The other letter was addressed to the US Navy's top officer, Admiral John Richardson, one official said.

On Tuesday, a hazmat team was sent to the campaign office of Senator Ted Cruz in Houston to investigate a "powdery white substance", according to the Weekly Standard.

Two years later, a MS man sent letters containing ricin to President Barack Obama and a Republican senator in an elaborate attempt to frame a rival. It was used in the 1978 London assassination of Georgi Markov with a poison-tipped umbrella.

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