Packages Laced With Ricin Sent To The Pentagon

UNITED STATES- SEPTEMBER 24 Aerial view of the Pentagon building

UNITED STATES- SEPTEMBER 24 Aerial view of the Pentagon building

Multiple reports indicate that two pieces of mail addressed to the Pentagon are suspected of containing ricin - a highly toxic agent which has been used in the past for terror plots.

They were found at a delivery facility on the Pentagon grounds but not inside the main building that includes the offices of the defence secretary.

The envelopes, which contained the deadly poison ricin according to officials cited by U.S. media, were discovered on Monday.

The FBI has taken possession of the envelopes and is conducting further analysis, Manning added. Stay with FOX 5 for updates.

'The Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance Monday on two pieces of mail at the Pentagon's remote screening facility, according to a U.S. defense official. The envelopes did not enter the Pentagon itself. The other letter was addressed to the US Navy's top officer, Admiral John Richardson, one official said.

The quarantine occurred on the same day Ted Cruz's Houston campaign headquarters went into lockdown after two people were apparently exposed to a "white powdery substance".

Ricin exposure can lead to death if the toxin is inhaled directly. If the beans are chewed and swallowed, the released ricin can cause injury.

Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks in NY and Washington, letters containing another deadly substance - anthrax spores - were mailed to the Washington offices of two senators and to media outlets in NY and Florida.

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