Breaking: Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility
April 16th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Breaking: Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility

Washington (CNN) - An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing.


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  1. Harry Khunt

    Here we go again!

    April 16, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. The Elephant in the Room

    GE, Smiths, United Tech are doing a booming business in equipment that detects this type of stuff. Look for their stock to rise if paranoia takes off. Very foolish of some domestic terrorist to try to pull this type of thing off. America is all over it.

    April 16, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. what's good for the goose is good for the gander

    wow, must be the democrat party and their far left assassins going all out to get their opponents. to be expected given the level of their vitriol and hatred.

    April 16, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. fernace

    This is shades of 9/11, when anthrax was the poison of choice that made people scared to open letters or even their mailbox! Can't wait to find out who is behind this terroristic display! I want every applicable law thrown at them (because I doubt that1 person did this alone)! Not a proponent of death penalty except for situations like this!!

    April 16, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein

    So is there any way to trace this?

    April 16, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    the terrorist are back...and our debt can't protect us!

    April 16, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |