Memphis Mail Facility at Center of Ricin Investigation

Memphis Mail Facility at Center of Ricin Investigation

Two poison-laced letters sent to President Obama and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) were postmarked out of Memphis and intercepted at off-site mail facilities. Right now the FBI is on the hunt for the person who sent the letters.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance." That was the message in ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS). Both letters were signed "I am KC and I approve this message."

They were postmarked out of Memphis and intercepted at off-site mail facilities. Right now the FBI is on the hunt for the person who sent the letters.

The Central Post Office in Memphis is where all area mail is processed. These letters could have been dropped off in a surrounding area, like north Mississippi, and still ended up there with a Memphis postmark.

The FBI is trying to figure out where they came from; while they're doing that, more letters are coming in.

"It appears this may be expanding if all of the reports are confirmed," stated Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Director, Bob Nations, who has been fielding calls on ricin and homeland security all day.

"I was just on a conference call and learning that several other letters have now turned up," he said, "some other congressional leaders have received letters believed to be laced with ricin," six to his count.

The first letter was sent to Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi. According to Capitol police, an envelope containing white powder, which later tested positive for ricin, was found at a mail sorting center. Wednesday morning President Obama received a similar letter, again with the deadly substance.

An internal memo from the FBI, obtained by the Associated Press, says both letters are postmarked from Memphis on April 8.

The FBI is trying to find who sent the letters, and…right now all eyes are on the Mid-South.

Biological and chemical monitoring equipment was installed in the post office after 9-11, however sources tell ABC 24 News that the equipment was set to detect anthrax, not ricin, on the date the poisoned letters were processed.…Post office workers were briefed twice Wednesday about the situation.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) says tests are being conducted on a suspicious letter that was delivered to his Saginaw office and the staffer who discovered the letter is spending the night at a local hospital as a precaution. He said he did not know if the letter had any connection to the suspicious mail marked for President Obama and Sen. Wicker.

The Postal Inspection Service says tests of suspicious mail sent to the Phoenix office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have found nothing dangerous or harmful.

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