The Secret Service and FBI intercepted a package mailed to President Donald Trump containing a highly toxic poison.
The incident occurred last week. Law enforcement stopped the suspicious package likely before it ever reached the White House. According to the New York Post, officials sort and screen mail for The White House at an offsite facility.
According to CNN, law enforcement performed to two tests to confirm the package contained the poison, ricin. Ricin is a highly toxic extract, created from castor beans. The poison is malleable and comes in different forms such as powder, pellet, mist or acid. If swallowed, the poison attacks the circulatory system and causes death. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, internal bleeding and organ failure.
The Secret Service believe the package may have originated in Canada.
Both the FBI and Secret Service are investigating the incident. They believe the package may have originated from Canada, according to The New York Times. Officials are investigating whether there’s a connection to similar packages sent to law enforcement in Texas.
“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,” the FBI’s Washington field office told CNN in a statement.
A spokesperson for Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair told the outlet they’re aware of the incident.
“We are aware of the concerning reports of packages containing ricin directed toward US federal government site,” Spokesperson Mary-Liz Power said. “Canadian law enforcement is working closely with their US counterparts. As this is an active investigation we cannot comment further.”
In 2018, a similar incident occurred, according to the New York Post. Law enforcement arrested an Utah man for allegedly sending envelopes with castor seeds to The White House, Pentagon and also Senator Ted Cruz.