Post Office Statement On Memphis Marked Ricin Letters
(Memphis) Three letters which has tested positive in early tests for Ricin and which were sent to President Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker were postmarked Memphis.
The Memphis processing facility is located at 555 South Third Street.
We are told all letters go through a bio-hazard detection system.
The facility processes mail from Memphis but also from the MidSouth.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton issued the following statement today:
“We are grateful that, to this point, these letters have been intercepted before causing injury to anyone. While it has not been confirmed that the letters originated from Memphis, it is regrettable that our name is connected in any way with this heinous act. Local law enforcement officials have been in contact with the investigating agency, the FBI, and stand ready to cooperate as needed.”
This is a statement from the Unites states Postal Service:
“The U.S. Postal Service is working diligently with authorities to determine if there was in fact a hazardous substance inside an envelope addressed to a U.S. Senator, and if so, what type of substance was present.
The Postal Inspection Service is working with appropriate Health and Law Enforcement agencies on this incident.
Our primary concern right now is the safety of our employees, the safety of our customers and the safety of the US Mail.
More information will be shared when it becomes available.”