GOP Senator sent Envelope containing Ricin – What is Ricin?

GOP Senator sent envelope containing Ricin

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-MississippiAn envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol’s off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing.

Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters after a briefing for lawmakers that a suspect has already been identified in the incident. Members will be warning their home-state offices to look out for similar letters, she said.

Wicker, the junior senator from Mississippi, has been assigned a protective detail, according to a law enforcement source. (Source: CNN)

The Washington Times Reports:

The news was disclosed during a private briefing senators had with FBI Director Roger Mueller and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional exposure to the poison, naturally found in castor beans, is highly unlikely unless someone eats the beans.

What is Ricin?

Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. If castor beans are chewed and swallowed, the released ricin can cause injury. Ricin can be made from the waste material left over from processing castor beans.

It can be in the form of a powder, a mist, or a pellet, or it can be dissolved in water or weak acid.

It is a stable substance under normal conditions, but can be inactivated by heat above 80 degrees centigrade (176 degrees Fahrenheit).

Where ricin is found and how it is used

  • Castor beans are processed throughout the world to make castor oil. Ricin is part of the waste “mash” produced when castor oil is made.
  • Ricin has been used experimentally in medicine to kill cancer cells.

via CDC | Facts About Ricin.

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