A lethal and highly toxic poison called ricin, sent in a mail addressed to the US President was intercepted before it reached the White House earlier last week, US officials told media Saturday.
The mail was intercepted at an offsite White House mail checking facility before it reached its addressed destination, and the material found inside an envelope was found to be ricin, officials said.
All mails are tested for safety and genuineness at an offsite facility before it reaches the White House. Trump is yet to comment on the matter.
As per US Law enforcement that is looking into the matter, they are mulling possibilities the lethal package was sent to Trump came from Canada.
This is not the first time toxic poisonous materials have been sent in the mail addressed to the US federal government buildings. In 2014, a man was sentenced to jail for 25 years for sending a letter dusted with ricin to former US President Barack Obama.
Both US law enforcement and the Canadian counterpart are working to unveil the mystery of the sender and purpose.
“We are aware of the concerning reports of packages containing ricin directed toward US federal government sites,” Mary-Liz Power, chief spokeswoman for Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair, told CNN in a statement.
Ricin, a highly toxic substance derived from castor beans has been in the past used for terror plots. The substance, found in powdered, pellets, acid, and mist forms, if swallowed, inhaled, or injected can cause nausea, vomiting and ultimately a painful death from internal bleeding.
“At this time, there is no known threat to public safety,” an FBI officer told CNN in a statement on Saturday.