Package with Ricin Sent to White House, Addressed to President Trump

Package with Ricin Sent to White House, Addressed to President Trump

A package addressed to president Donald Trump containing the poison ricin has been intercepted, according a report.

White House mail is screened at an off-site facility. Two tests confirmed the presence of ricin, a naturally growing poison bean that can be ground up and risky if ingested or injected, according to experts.

Ricin is a deadly toxin that is extracted from the seed of the castor plant, often called a "castor bean", despite not actually being a bean. The poison can take several forms, including powder, mist, or pellets.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is also investigating, officials said.

CNN has reached out to the Secret Service for comment.

The packages mailed to the Pentagon were addressed to then-secretary of defence James Mattis and to the chief of naval operations John Richardson. Navy veteran William Clyde Allen was charged with seven criminal counts related to the envelopes.

The envelope believed to have come from Canada was intercepted at a government mail centre before it arrived at the White House, the New York Times, CNN and Wall Street Journal reported.

In 2014, a MS man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after sending letters dusted with ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials.

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