FBI is investigating the source of a letter containing the poison
Ricin that was intercepted at an airport postal facility in Greenville,
SC, before it reached its destination -- the Federal Motor Carrier
to press accounts, the letter complained about the agency’s new
hours-of-service rules. A note accompanying the letter reportedly
warned if FMCSA didn’t abandon the regulation, large quantities
of Ricin would be dumped into U.S. drinking water reservoirs.
is a toxin derived from castor beans that can kill people who
inject, ingest or inhale even small amounts of it.
U.S. Department of Transportation is working closely with the
appropriate agencies involved in the coordinated response to this
threat,” Bill Adams, a DOT spokesman, told Land Line. Any
and all resources will be dedicated toward the effort, he added.
spokesman Ed Cogswell confirmed the agency is conducting an ongoing
investigation in an effort to identify either a company or individual
that might be responsible.