BREAKING NEWS: Two envelopes containing ricin addressed to ‘James Mattis and Navy Chief John Richardson’ are intercepted at the Pentagon
- The envelopes were addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and to Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson
- They were intercepted at a mail facility nearby which is not inside the building
- They were sent to the FBI on Tuesday and all other mail was put under quarantine
Two envelopes containing ricin have been intercepted at the Pentagon.
The envelopes were intercepted in the mailing facility which is not inside the Pentagon.
They were addressed to the Secretary of Defense James Mattis and to Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, according to officials cited by CNN.
Both were sent to the FBI for further analysis after being discovered during a screening process on Tuesday.
The envelopes were intercepted in the mailing facility which is not inside the Pentagon (pictured)
‘The Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon’s remote screening facility.
‘The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis,’ spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement.
All mail that was sent to the Pentagon yesterday was placed under quarantine as a precaution.
Ricin exposure can lead to death if the toxin is inhaled directly.