Mississippian arrested, accused of sending ricin-laced letters

by Associated Press

Published: April 17,2013

Tags: Barack Obama, FBI, poison letters, ricin, Roger Wicker, terrorism

A Prince George's County, Md. firefighter dressed in a protective suit walks into a government mail screening facility in Hyattsville, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A Prince George’s County, Md. firefighter dressed in a protective suit walks into a government mail screening facility in Hyattsville, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

TUPELO — A man in Mississippi has been arrested and accused of sending letters with suspected ricin poison to President Barack Obama and other leaders.

 

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said the man was arrested today. His name wasn’t immediately released publicly.

However, at least two sources, “NBC News” and the Clarion-Ledger, are reporting the man is Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo.

Authorities still waited for definitive tests on the letters to Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., which had raised concern today at a time when many people were jittery after the Boston bombings.

 

An FBI intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press said those two letters were postmarked Memphis, Tenn.

 

 

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