Ricin-Laced Package Is Addressed to Trump

One official says it may have come from Canada
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2020 2:30 PM CDT
Ricin-Laced Letter Is Addressed to Trump
An American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, the morning after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Looks like a poison-filled package addressed to President Trump never made it as far as the White House mail room. Two law enforcement officials tell CNN it contained ricin, a toxic compound made from castor beans that can be fatal if inhaled or ingested. Little else is known, except it was intercepted off-site, investigations are underway, and an unidentified official tells the New York Times that it may have come from Canada. Ricin has appeared in political terror schemes before, including one by four Georgia men who sent it to officials in several US cities and another by a Mississippi man who mailed ricin-laced letters to former President Obama. (An apparent assassination website claimed to use ricin.)

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