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A suspicious package possibly containing ricin was found at a military mail sorting facility at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. A suspicious package possibly containing ricin was found at a military mail sorting facility at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

(RNN) – U.S. officials said a suspicious package was found at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press.

The package was found at a Defense Intelligence Agency mail sorting facility on the base.

According to the AP, an official said initial tests indicated ricin.

The DIA said tests showed possible biological toxins, and the agency is back to normal operations, according to the AP.

Suspicious letters that tested positive for ricin were sent to President Barack Obama and Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS, last week and were reported to have said, "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."

They were both signed, "I am KC and I approve this message."

It is unclear if this package contained a letter with the same message.

Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Corinth, MS, was arrested for sending the letters on April 17, but was released on April 23.

Ricin is a poison that is present in castor beans, according the New York State Department of Health. It is part of the waste that is produced during the production of castor oil and as such, is one of the most easily produced plant toxins.

The chemical is extremely deadly, and an amount as small as a pinhead, about 500 micrograms, can be enough to kill.

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(RNN) – U.S. officials said a suspicious package was found at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press.

The package was found at a Defense Intelligence Agency mail sorting facility on the base.

According to the AP, the official said initial tests indicated ricin.

Suspicious letters that tested positive for ricin were sent to Obama and Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS, last week and were reported to have said, "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."

They were both signed, "I am KC and I approve this message."

It is unclear if this package contained a letter with the same message.

Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Corinth, MS, was arrested for sending the letters on April 17, but was released on April 23.

Ricin is a poison that is present in castor beans, according the New York State Department of Health. It is part of the waste that is produced during the production of castor oil and as such, is one of the most easily produced plant toxins.

The chemical is extremely deadly, and an amount as small as a pinhead, about 500 micrograms, can be enough to kill.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

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