Parcels sent to Pentagon test positive for ricin

The Pentagon

The Pentagon

The mail facility is located in a separate building on the grounds of the Pentagon.

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

The FBI issued a statement saying it has taken possession of two suspicious envelopes screened at the Pentagon mail facility and they are undergoing more testing. Stay with FOX 5 for updates.

After the poison was detected, all mail received at the mail-screening facility Monday was put under quarantine, a Pentagon spokesperson says.

At least two packages suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin have been sent to the Pentagon this week.

One of the letters was addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis; the other, to Chief of Naval Operations John M. Richardson, a US official confirmed to WTOP.

Ricin is a naturally occurring toxic compound and can be made from castor beans, which can then be turned into powder, according to CNN.

Neither envelope entered the Pentagon. The other letter was addressed to the US Navy's top officer, Admiral John Richardson, one official said.

Ricin exposure can lead to death if the toxin is inhaled directly.

Two people were initially taken to the hospital after apparently being exposed to a white powdery substance at Senator Ted Cruz's office in Houston.

Two years later, a MS man sent letters containing ricin to President Barack Obama and a Republican senator in an elaborate attempt to frame a rival.

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