An arrest has been made in connection with the letters sent to President Obama and Mississippi Sen. Wicker that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, two federal law enforcement officials confirm. Paul Kevin Curtis, the man arrested, has since been charged.
Following the alleged terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon on April 15, a letter addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi tested positive for ricin at an off-site mail office for the U.S. Capitol. On April 17, another letter that was addressed to President Barack Obama also tested positive for the deadly poison. Tupelo, Mississippi native Paul Kevin Curtis has been arrested and charged for allegedly sending the poisoned letters, according to CNN.
Letters Laced With Ricin Sent To President Obama & Sen. Wicker
Both of the letters tested positive for ricin during a routine test at the off-site mail facility. The FBI sent the letters to another testing facility to be retested, because the initial tests could be “inconsistent.”
Both letters contained the same message: “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance,” and both were signed, “I am KC and I approve this message.”
Police were able to identify Kenneth as the suspect because he’s had a history of sending letters to Sen. Wicker before this incident, according to CNN.
UPDATE: The 45-year-old resident of Corinth, Mississippi, was charged with sending a threat to the president.
“It just reminds you that with public service comes the real possibility that you could be a target,” said Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas. “But on the other side of it, we have an excellent police force, and I think they’ll get to the bottom of it.”
WATCH: Letter Addressed To President Obama Tests Positive For Ricin
— Jenny Pickard