Suspicious package found at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Package tested positive for toxins at military base near Washington DC

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.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

(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.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Gulfport's Matt Luke fulfills a dream to become Ole Miss Head Football Coach

    Gulfport's Matt Luke fulfills a dream to become Ole Miss Head Football Coach

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-07-25 04:10:04 GMT

    The Luke family has been committed to Ole Miss for years.  On Monday Matt Luke met the media in Oxford four days after taking over the head coaching reins from Hugh Freeze.

    More >>

    The Luke family has been committed to Ole Miss for years.  On Monday Matt Luke met the media in Oxford four days after taking over the head coaching reins from Hugh Freeze.

    More >>
  • Matt Luke introduced as Ole Miss interim head coach

    Matt Luke introduced as Ole Miss interim head coach

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:58:50 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    14 years as part of the Ole Miss football program as a coach or player has prepared Matt Luke for this opportunity. Admittedly it doesn't come under the circumstances he might've envisioned. But with a Rebel bloodline that runs 3 generations deep, the position fulfills a lifelong dream. "I can truly tell y'all today that this is my dream job," Luke said Monday at his first press conference as Ole Miss interim head coach. "It's a job that I've been preparing my whole li...

    More >>

    14 years as part of the Ole Miss football program as a coach or player has prepared Matt Luke for this opportunity. Admittedly it doesn't come under the circumstances he might've envisioned. But with a Rebel bloodline that runs 3 generations deep, the position fulfills a lifelong dream. "I can truly tell y'all today that this is my dream job," Luke said Monday at his first press conference as Ole Miss interim head coach. "It's a job that I've been preparing my whole li...

    More >>
  • Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Rain puts Pascagoula's new football turf on the clock

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-07-25 03:09:56 GMT
    Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Rain has slowed down construction crews as they attempt to put a new field turf at War Memorial Stadium (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>

    The Pascagoula Panthers open the 2017 football season on the road. In fact, their first three games are road contests. That scheduling quirk may give field turf crews just enough time to get War Memorial Stadium ready for the September 8 home opener. The wet weather in South Mississippi is placing quite the burden on construction workers as they attempt to complete stadium renovations. The project was suppose to be finished before the beginning of Pascagoula's football season.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly