World News: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police(RCMP) said that the envelope addressed to the White House with deadly poison known to be “RICIN” intercepted by U.S. authorities, the deadly poison is appeared to have been sent from Canada.
Ricin is found naturally in castor beans but it takes a deliberate act to convert it into a biological weapon. Ricin can cause death within 36 to 72 hours from exposure to an amount as small as a pinhead. No known antidote exists.
An RCMP spokesman confirmed “it has received a request for assistance from the FBI in connection with a suspicious letter sent to the White House.”
The RCMP further added “the FBI conducted an analysis on the substance found in the envelope. This report indicated the presence of ricin, a toxic substance.”
Asked about the reports, the FBI said the agency and “U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility. At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.”
RCMP is working with the FBI but declined to discuss further details. The envelope with the poison was intercepted at a government mail center before it arrived at the White House.
The White House and U.S. Secret Service declined to comment.
There have been number of incidents involving envelopes mailed with ricin to U.S. officials.
Two people were convicted in separate incidents of sending ricin-tainted letters to the former President Barack Obama.
In July 2014, a Texas actor was sentenced to 18 years for mailing letters containing ricin to Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.