Corinth Man Arrested for Ricin Mailings to President, Senator

Corinth Man Arrested for Ricin Mailings to President, Senator

The FBI has arrested a Corinth, Mississippi man for sending letters laced with the deadly poison ricin to President Obama and a Mississippi Senator.
TUPELO, MS (abc24.com) - A ricin scare that reached all the way to the White House, actually started in Tupelo last week, Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said late Wednesday night.

According to Johnson, a local judge received the letter with an unknown substance in it on the morning of April 10th. The Sheriff says not only the judge, but also court employees handled the letter and its contents.

Sheriff Johnson said on Wednesday, federal agents arrived in Tupelo and tested the substance in a mobile lab. The sheriff wouldn't say the results of the tests, only to say the letter had "great similarities" to the ones sent to President Barak Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker.

In a Wednesday night news conference, Sheriff Johnson declined to identify the suspect, only saying a man was being questioned by investigators.

In an email sent hours before, federal agents said they had arrested a Corinth man.

"FBI Special Agents arrested Paul Kevin Curtis, the individual believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the U.S. Postal Inspection Service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin," the FBI said in emailed statement. "The letters were addressed to a U.S. Senator, the White House and a Mississippi justice official."

Sheriff Johnson said the suspect could face state charges including aggravated assault, and use of a deadly weapon.

A Tupelo home with ties to Curtis was dark late Wednesday night, and a neighbor declined ab24.com's request for an interview.

The letters sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) were postmarked on April 8 out of Memphis and intercepted at off-site mail facilities. They included the message, "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance," and were signed, "I am KC and I approve this message."

Both letters were detected as suspicious before they got to their intended targets.
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