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Mail sent to the Pentagon has tested positive for Ricin while a hazmat team scrambles to investigate a suspicious letter sent to Senator Ted Cruz's campaign office in Texas


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A letter sent to the Pentagon has tested positive for the toxic compound Ricin.

“On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility. The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis,” according to a statement from the Pentagon.

“All USPS mail received at the Pentagon mail screening facility yesterday is currently under quarantine and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel.”

Citing two US defense officials, CNN reports a piece of mail that had reached the Pentagon’s mail facility, which is on the grounds of the Pentagon but in a different building, will be further tested by the FBI. The suspicious envelopes were reportedly addressed to Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson.

On Tuesday, a hazmat team was sent to the campaign office of Senator Ted Cruz in Houston to investigate a “powdery white substance,” according to the Weekly Standard.

Ricin is found in castor beans and can be fatal if inhaled or ingested.

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