A letter containing a vial of ricin, a potentially deadly toxin, was mailed to the White House in November but was intercepted at a mail facility, FBI sources said Tuesday. The letter, which federal officials disclosed hours after confirming that they had found traces of ricin in a mail-handling area near the Capitol Hill offices of the Senate majority leader, bore similarities to another letter containing a vial of the poison that was found Oct. 15 at a postal facility in Greenville, S.C., the FBI sources said. The South Carolina case remains unsolved, and the FBI recently posted a $100,000 reward for information leading to arrests. Officials have said that the letter was written by a person claiming to be the owner of a tank-truck company who was upset with new federal regulations limiting the hours that truck drivers can work. The Secret Service, which deals with threats to the president, apparently delayed notifying other authorities about the White House letter. No arrests have been made in the case, and the investigation is continuing, the FBI sources said. Full Story
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