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Envelope addressed to White House contained ricin

Federal officials have intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin. Federal officials have intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin. |  Photo: ABC News/File

MICHAEL BALSAMO/Associated Press
Created: September 19, 2020 06:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials have intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin.

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That's according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday.

The official says the envelope was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump.

The official says that a preliminary investigation indicates it tested positive for ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans.

Federal investigators are working to determine where the envelope originated and who mailed it.

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