On October 2, at least two packages delivered to the Pentagon mail facility initially tested positive for a highly toxic compound. A separate letter was also sent to Ted Cruz's office in Texas.
Now, Fox News reports that officials told them the letters were part of a coordinated effort by a former Navy sailor. One of the packages contained a return address leading them to believe it came from the sailor, whose name has not been disclosed.
In addition to Cruz, envelopes were addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Navy's top officer, Adm. John Richardson. Officials also say a tip from the White House led the Pentagon to discover the two packages sent to the Pentagon.
The day before, the Secret Service received a "suspicious envelope" addressed to President Trump. The agency said the envelope "was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House." They said they are "working jointly with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this matter."
However, further investigation proved that the substance was not actually the toxic substance they suspected it to be. Instead of Ricin, it was actually castor seeds.
However, authorities are still taking the issue seriously. They have arrested the man responsible for the letters. The Utah Navy vet, William Clyde Allen III confessed while speaking with investigators after his arrest at his house in the small city of Logan, north of Salt Lake City.
The 39-year-year-old told them he had purchased castor beans and sent the letters that had the beans in them. The documents filed to justify Allen’s arrest did not state a motive. He was being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond.
State investigators working with the FBI said the envelopes with ground castor beans were mailed last week to the president, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and the Navy’s top officer, Adm. John Richardson.
At the time, Col. Rob Manning issued a statement about the letters sent to the Pentagon.
He said, “On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility. All USPS mail received at the Pentagon mail screening facility yesterday is currently under quarantine and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel.”
Ricin is a highly toxic compound that is extracted from castor beans. It has been used in terror plots. It's also one of the easiest poisons to manufacture.
The package arrived in a remote mail facility. The building is on the grounds of the Pentagon, but the piece of mail never entered the Pentagon building.
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