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Poison letter addressed to Trump at White House intercepted
The ricin letter addressed to White House was intercepted. Investigators are looking into any terror angle. The mails addressed to the White House is sorted in a facility that samples the air for suspicious substances. There have been numerous such cases in the past too. Letters containing ricin were sent to Obama, Bloomberg, Senators, judges etc.

WASHINGTON, Sept 20: A letter containing ricin, a deadly bio poison, and addressed to the White House, has been intercepted at the mail sorting centre in Washington. The ricin poison is made from castor beans, kills whoever comes in contact with it in 36 to 72 hours, and needs just the quantity of a pinhead. There is no antidote. The letter originated from Canada.

Officials said the letter was discovered at a screening facility for White House mail earlier this week. The substance found inside the envelope was identified as ricin, they said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secret Service are investigating.

Letters were also sent to a detention facility and a sheriff’s office in Texas. A woman is said to be the sender. The mails addressed to the White House is sorted in a facility that samples the air for suspicious substances. Investigators are also looking into any terror angle.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). the poison can be used as a weapon in the form of powder, mist or pellet.

This is not the first instance of such poison letters being sent to VIPs in Washington. There have been numerous such incidents. In 2018, a man from Utah had posted such a letter to White House officials. He is still in custody. A Mississipi man was sentenced to 25 years in jail in 2014 for despatching poison to former President Obama, a Senator and a judge. In 2014 there was another case of a Texas man sending such letters to Obama and then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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