Package containing deadly poison RICIN addressed to President Trump is intercepted by the Secret Service before it arrives at the White House
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All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery. The sources said that two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin.
Ricin is a highly potent toxin derived from castor beans, and is extremely lethal if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested.
Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be lethal to adults.
The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin
Deadly ricin has previously been used to target American politicians through the mail.
In 2014, actress Shannon Richardson, who appeared on The Walking Dead, was convicted of sending envelopes containing ricin addressed to then President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
She was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Ricin was also featured in a multi-season plot arc in the television series Breaking Bad, which inspired several real-life criminal schemes involving the poison.
In 2014, Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman pleaded guilty to a federal charge after a bag of ricin was found in his dorm room.
Prosecutors say he had planned to use it on another student he had formerly been in a relationship with. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison.
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