Law enforcement officials intercepted a package containing ricin that was addressed to President Donald Trump earlier this week.
According to USA Today, law enforcement officials said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with United States Postal Service inspectors are currently tracking the source of the package. According to the article, the package was intercepted at an off-site location.
In a statement, the FBI said agents were working to investigate “a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility” and that there is “no known threat to public safety.”
Ricin is an extremely toxic compound extracted from caster beans that has been used in terror plots against President Trump and other officials in the past. In 2018 a federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against a 39-year-old Navy veteran after he mailed envelopes containing castor beans to President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.
This is a breaking story and will be updated as new information becomes available.