Envelope with 'ricin' sent to White House

The White House seal is seen as US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference

The White House seal is seen as US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference

A letter addressed to President Donald Trump that was intercepted before it reached the White House tested positive for the deadly poison ricin earlier this week, law enforcement officials said.

According to Mayo Clinic, Ricin is poisonous and can be produced from the waste that results from processing castor beans.

Mail addressed to the White House is first inspected and sorted in depots just outside Washington.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Secret Service were said to be investigating the matter.

Investigators believe the package was sent from Canada and have identified a woman as a suspect, the newspaper reported.

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The FBI, the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were leading the investigation. If ingested, injected or inhaled, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines. When made in a powder form, it is among the most deadly poisons.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington field office said the agency along with the Secret Service and the Postal Inspection Service are investigating a "suspicious letter" received at a USA government mail facility.

Four years later, in 2018, a former Navy veteran was charged with sending toxic letters to the Pentagon and White House. He was later arrested, though it was determined that he sent castor seeds themselves, not ricin.

There have been numerous incidents involving envelopes mailed with ricin to USA officials.

In 2013, actor Shannon Richardson was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for mailing letter laced with ricin to Obama and Michael Bloomberg, then the mayor of NY.

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