Washington, October 2: At least two packages containing deadly poison ricin were intercepted at Pentagon mail facility. The packages, tested positive for ricin, were detected by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said Pentagon spokesperson Col. Rob Manning. They were addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and to Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, reported CNN.
The evolops have been sent to the Fedral Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It was not clear if someone at the Pentagon was exposed to ricin. All mail that was sent to the Pentagon yesterday have been placed under quarantine as a precaution. If inhaled directly, ricin exposure can cause death.
"On Tuesday, October, 2, 2018, in coordination with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, FBI Special Agents took possession of two suspicious envelopes that had been screened at the Pentagon mail facility. Those envelopes are currently undergoing further testing," the FBI said in a statement.