Package with Ricin Sent to White House, Addressed to President Trump

The White House seal is seen as US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference

Law enforcement have intercepted a package containing the incredibly deadly poison, ricin.

Two law enforcement officials told CNN that tests confirmed the presence of the poison. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at a remote facility, making it a long-shot method for targeting the president or aides.

Ricin is found naturally in castor beans and can be made from the waste material left over when they are processed. The FBI, the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were leading the investigation. It can be deployed via powder, pellet, mist or an acid.

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This was not the first time someone has attempted to send President Trump ricin through the mail.

The FBI's Washington Field Office said in a statement that federal agents "are investigating a suspicious letter received at a USA government mail facility".

A Navy veteran was arrested in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes to Trump and members of his administration that contained the substance from which ricin is derived. "At this time, there is no known threat to public safety", the FBI's Washington field office said in a statement to CNN. Actress Shannon Guess Richardson was convicted in 2014 of sending ricin-containing letters to President Barack Obama and then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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