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FIRST ON KHQ: Law Enforcement Serving Warrant In Browne's Addition Related To Ricin-Laced Letters

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in hazardous materials suits are searching an apartment in downtown Spokane, Wash., as they investigate the recent discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin.

FBI agents, Spokane police officers and U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials descended on the apartment Saturday morning.

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Authorities have not released a motive for why the letters were mailed this week.
Despite the hazmat suits, officials say apartment residents are not at risk, and people were seen coming in and out of the building.

Ricin is a highly toxic substance. Tiny amounts can be deadly if inhaled or ingested.
There have been no reports of illness connected to the letters.

 

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SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ has a crew on scene in Browne's Addition where we are told a warrant is being served nearby and it is related to ricin-tainted letters sent earlier this week. They were postmarked May 14th. One was addressed to a Federal judge in Spokane, the other to the Postal Union.

Spokane Police said Saturday morning, "The FBI, US Postal Inspection Service and the SPD are executing a search warrant in connection with the threatening letters intercepted Tuesday at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Spokane."

We will update this story as soon as any additional information becomes available.

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