How terrifying. On April 16, an envelope containing the deadly poison ricin was intercepted at an off-site mail office for the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
Since the anthrax scare shortly after 9/11, Capitol Hill mail has been handled at an off-site location. A routine screening process at the off-site mail office saved the life of Sen. Roger Wicker when a poisoned letter that was addressed to the Mississippi senator was intercepted.
The envelope was retested twice, and tested positive for ricin both times. The letter has been sent to a lab in Maryland for further testing. The mail offices will be temporarily shut down “to make sure they get everything squared away,” Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters
Sen. Wicker has been assigned a protective detail, and other senate members are urged to warn their home-state offices to be cautious of similar letters.
Although this terrifying incident is reminiscent of the anthrax scare in 2001, Sen. McCaskill assured, “The bottom line is, the process we have in place worked.”
A suspect has already been identified in the case, according to Sen. McCaskill.
– Jenny Pickard