Parcels sent to Pentagon suspected to contain ricin

The Pentagon

The Pentagon

At least two packages sent to the Department of Defense headquarters in Washington, DC have tested positive for ricin, a risky poison, USA officials said.

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. He said the packages had been found on Monday at a delivery screening facility that is on the Pentagon grounds but not inside the main building that includes the offices of the defense secretary. The agency said the envelope "was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House".

We have reports that two packages laced with ricin were sent to the Pentagon.

Ricin is extracted from castor beans and can be used in a powder, pellet, mist or acid form.

Pentagon authorities found the packages during screening on Monday and turned the envelopes over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today, officials said. No word yet on how much of the poison was discovered, or if anyone came in contact with it.

Sources tell CBN News the mail initially tested positive for ricin.

Notable Ricin poisonings include the deadly poisoning of Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian writer and journalist who was living in London in 1978.

In June, a Wisconsin woman was accused of spreading Islamic propaganda online, including showing how to make ricin and deploy it at government facilities and water reservoirs.

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