Dangerous ricin package targeting Trump intercepted



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  • They claim they sent a package with ricin for Trump to the White House
  • The package was supposedly addressed to the president
  • The dangerous substance was intercepted by the police

Trump ricin packet. A ricin package addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted this week, the news network reported on Saturday. CNN.

According to the report, two law enforcement officials confirmed the news to CNN, but so far neither the Secret Service nor the White House they have spoken about it.

The package allegedly contained the poisonous substance ricin and was addressed to President Trump.

According to CNN sources, two tests were carried out to confirm the presence of ricin and right now the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secret Service itself are conducting the corresponding investigations.

It should be noted that, all mail addressed to the White House is first classified and analyzed in an external facility before reaching the corresponding recipients in the White House.

Ricin is a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans and, due to its toxicity, commonly used in terrorist acts. Can be used in powder, granule, mist or acid form.

If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting, and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by liver failure, as well as spleen and kidney failure, leading to death due to the collapse of the circulatory system.

But it is not the first time that a package of this nature has been intercepted by the authorities before reaching the hands of Trump. Federal authorities reported in October 2018 that they intercepted several packages suspected of containing ricin, a lethal substance, addressed to President Trump and at least two senior Pentagon officials, as reported on that occasion by the New York Times.

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In a statement, the Secret Service said a “suspicious envelope” addressed to Trump was received at a facility outside the White House.

“All threats directed against the president, or any Secret Service protégé, are treated seriously and thoroughly investigated,” the statement said.

The Secret Service did not specify that the envelope contained ricin, but said agents were “working closely with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this matter.”

In addition, two packages sent to the building where correspondence from the Pentagon is received tested positive for the presence of ricin, various media reported.

The building where the mail is received is separated from the Pentagon, so it did not pose any threat to the headquarters of the Department of Defense, reported CNN.

However, all correspondence that arrived that day had to be isolated, an official told the news network.

The FBI and the Pentagon Protection Agency responded to the emergency and the FBI continued to do more testing.

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The envelopes were addressed to the Secretary of Defense, James Mattis and the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, according to CNN.

Ricin is a highly toxic compound that is extracted from the castor bean and has been used in terrorist attacks. It can be used in powder, granules, gas or acid.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if it is made into a partially purified or refined material, ricin can be used as a weapon capable of causing death under certain circumstances.

In fact, this element was used in the past by the terrorist group Al Qaeda with the aim of carrying out biological attacks.

If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting, internal effusion in the stomach and intestines, followed by liver, spleen, and kidney failure, and death from collapse of the circulatory system.

Ricin, which is part of the waste produced when castor oil is made, has no known antidote, according to the New York Times.

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In 2001, the Spanish newspaper ABC recalled, after the terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda against New York and Washington, several congressmen received letters contaminated with anthrax, a highly poisonous substance.

Seven people were killed in those attacks and 17 were seriously injured.

Then the security controls on letters and packages received by the United States government were increased, which subjects all its mail to a scanner and tests for contamination by poisonous agents.

On at least two occasions, former President Barack Obama received at least two letters containing ricin, both intercepted by the Secret Service in charge of security at the White House.

In 2019, Senator Ted Cruz’s office in Houston, Texas had to be evacuated after receiving a suspicious package and two people were hospitalized.

On Tuesday, October 2, the Houston Fire Department (HFD) reported that two people had been taken to a hospital after being exposed to a suspicious substance.

Both people said they felt nauseous and tingly after the package was opened.

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The incident occurred around noon at the office located on the 9th floor of the Phoenix Tower, at 3200 Southwest Freeway in Houston, Texas.

According to information from the Associated Press, the spokeswoman for the Republican Ted Cruz’s office, Catherine Frazier, indicated that no member of the senator’s team was taken to the hospital and the package was opened at the reception.

Also participating in the investigation were the Houston Police Department (HPD) and the FBI, who indicated that the white powder contained in the package was taken to a laboratory for analysis. While the results were delivered, the building remained closed.

Later, the Fire Department through a Twitter message indicated that the results showed that the dust found in the package was not dangerous.

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