The Department of Transportation’s Office of
Inspector General, the Postal Inspection Service and the FBI are jointly
investigating and offering a $100,000 reward for information about a case in
which a letter containing deadly ricin was found at a Greenville, SC, postal
facility last October.
The letter was addressed to the Department of
Transportation, and the sender was protesting the new hours-of-services rules
for truck drivers. The typewritten letter was from someone who claimed to be a
fleet owner of a tanker company. It demanded that present laws regarding HOS
A typewritten message on the envelope’s exterior
said, “caution RICIN POISON Enclosed in sealed container. Do not open without
proper protection.” Inside the envelope was a small, metal vial that contained
ricin, a white, granular, potentially deadly poison, the U.S. Department of
Justice Department officials cited the following as
a representation of the language contained in the threat letter:
“I’m a fleet owner of a tanker company. I have easy
access to castor pulp. If my demand is dismissed I’m capable of making Ricin.
My demand is simple. January 4, 2004 starts the new hours of service for
trucks, which include a ridiculous ten hours in the sleeper berth. Keep at
eight or I will start dumping. You have been warned this is the only letter
that will be sent by me. FALLEN ANGEL.”
reward will be for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of
anyone responsible for the letter. Anyone having information should contact the Tip
Line at 1-866-839-6241.