Ricin-Laced Envelope Sent to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker

Ricin-Laced Envelope Sent to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker

Senate Majority Leader Reid says that a letter sent to the Washington D.C. office of Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has tested positive for ricin poison.
WASHINGTON (abc24.com) - Senate Majority Leader Reid says that a letter sent to the Washington D.C. office of Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has tested positive for ricin poison.

"The exterior markings on the envelope in this case were not outwardly suspicious," said Terrance Gainer, the Senate Sgt. at Arms. "But it was postmarked from Memphis, Tennessee and had no return address."

Ricin in a highly toxic substance that is poisonous if inhaled, injected or ingested. It only takes a very small amount, equal to a few grains of salt, to be fatal to an adult human.

Sen. Mary Landrieu also confirmed a letter containing poison had been to a sent to a senator. She said lawmakers were informed of the fact at a closed-door briefing about the Boston Marathon bombings.
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