A package with ricin addressed to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, was intercepted earlier this week by the White House security services, two officials related to the case have informed the US media.
According to these officials, quoted by CNN, two tests have been carried out to confirm the presence of ricin, although they recalled that mail that goes to the White House is classified and analyzed in an external facility before arriving.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that the ricin package sent to Trump came from Canada and they are investigating similar packages Additional mailed to addresses in Texas that may be connected to the same sender in Canada.
In this regard, quoted by CNN, Mary-Liz Power, spokesperson for Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair, said she was “aware of the worrying reports of packages containing ricin destined for US federal government facilities. “” Canadian police are working closely with the US, but as this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further, “he said.
At this time, there is no threat to public safetythe FBI in Washington said in a statement.
Ricin is one of the stronger toxins known, which is extracted from castor beans. It was isolated in 1888 when it was observed that the extract from the seeds agglutinated blood cells.
If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by liver, spleen and kidney failure, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.