Envelope sent to President testing positive for Ricin; Suspect held

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WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 – A man has been detained with a suspicious backpack and envelopes at the Hart Center office building. The Hart Center building in Washington, DC has been evacuated.

This follows an envelope addressed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss), and reportedly contains the substance Ricin, being detected on Tuesday.

“Preliminary tests indicate the substance found was Ricin,” said the police statement, which was released late Tuesday night. “The material is being forwarded to an accredited laboratory for further analysis.”

Another envelope, with similar characteristics to the Wicker envelope, has been intercepted at a remote processing site, where mail is reviewed prior to being forwarded to Pennsylvania Avenue.  

The envelope addressed to the White House has preliminarly tested positive for Ricin.

Media is proceeding with caution in that it may take some time to absolutely confirm that it is an active Ricin product and there is no known connection to the Boston explosions.

A suspicious envelope has also been found in Boston at an office near the explosion site. 


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