Mail Sent to Pentagon Tests Positive for Ricin

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The Pentagon's Force Protection Agency responded to the incident and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct further tests on the packages, officials told reporters. They did not get inside the building, however, as the package facility is in a separate building.

We'll keep you updated. In both cases, an initial test came out positive for ricin.

The mail distribution center where the mail arrived and was flagged isn't in the Pentagon but nearby, the officials said.

Neither envelope entered the Pentagon. After the poison was detected, all mail received at the mail-screening facility Monday was put under quarantine, a Pentagon spokesperson says.




Ricin is a naturally occurring toxic compound and can be made from castor beans, which can then be turned into powder, according to CNN. If ingested, it can cause nausea, internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines and ultimately organ failure.

'Those envelopes are now undergoing further testing.

The FBI and the Pentagon Force Protection agency responded and additional testing is expected to be done by the bureau, two defense officials told the news outlet. The other letter was addressed to the US Navy's top officer, Admiral John Richardson, one official said.

The Secret Service spokesman said the agency was working with law enforcement partners to investigate the envelopes addressed to Trump and that all threats directed toward a Secret Service protectee "are treated seriously and fully investigated".

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