Ricin-laced letters were sent to the Pentagon today. The packages addressed to top Pentagon officials Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief Naval of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson. Luckily, no one has been affected by the letters, which were caught before they were delivered inside the Pentagon proper. That could not be said for Ted Cruz’s Houston campaign office, where two people were taken to hospital after being exposed to a “white powdery substance.” The good news is that the tests showed the powder was not dangerous. The two people who needed medical attention were not members of the senator’s staff. The FBI is leading the investigation (via Houston Chronicle):
Two people were hospitalized after being exposed to a “white powdery substance" that was delivered to Sen. Ted Cruz's Houston campaign office, according to the Houston Police Department.
Tests later determined that the substance was negative for any hazardous substance, the Houston Fire Department said.
A piece of mail addressed to the senator's campaign office contained the white powdery substance, said Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz. She said the two injured where not members of the senator's staff.
HPD is currently assisting @FBIHouston in an investigation into a report of a suspicious package at US @SenTedCruz offices at 3200 Southwest Freeway. All inquiries for further details should be directed to the FBI. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 2, 2018