Letter Sent to U.S. Senator Tested Positive for Ricin

A letter addressed to Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) testing positive for the deadly poison ricin has been intercepted, CBS News reports:

WickerThe letter, which was intercepted by the Capitol Police at a Prince George's County, Md., processing center and never reached Wicker's office, has been sent to the Baltimore FBI office for further testing. A source tells CBS News that it's common for false positives to come back on field tests of ricin.

There's no additional information on who sent the letter or what message may have accompanied the letter.

CBS News has learned that results from the more definitive test to be taken at the Baltimore FBI office will not be available tonight.

House and Senate post offices have been shut down.

CNN has posted a bit of background on Wicker:

Before joining the Senate, he held elected office as a U.S. representative in the House from 1995 to 2007. Before that, he served in the Mississippi Senate.

Wicker was one of 16 GOP senators who voted to end a filibuster against a gun control bill on Thursday. He was also one of the 12 Senate Republicans who dined with President Barack Obama at the White House last week.

"I know Roger well," House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "He's a nice guy. I don't know why anybody would want to do this to him."


  1. Sargon Bighorn says

    So it appears America is at war with some one. They’re not telling us who they are, but the war seems to be on. America is not the only nation that declares war it would appear.

  2. Mark Parker says

    He was one of 16 Republican senators who voted for the gun control measure that went thru the senate 5 days ago. He’s also from Ms. and down here they are very much against any kind of gun control.

  3. anon says

    Ricin is not exactly easy to cook up and handling it is dangerous. So this is almost certainly a false positive.

  4. Paul R says

    He ate with Obama last week. He was never under a real threat, as they scan the world out of anything headed for Congress.

    Also, Sargon, this isn’t necessarily a country attacking us. It could just be a random nutcase.

  5. unruly says

    Ricin is actually easy “to cook up.” It’s naturally occurring and recipes have been published since the 70s (not to mention the “ingredients” are not restricted as they have other uses.)

  6. Robert M. says

    I may not agree with the man’s politics but mailing him an envelope full of deadly poison is horribly wrong…

  7. says

    It sounds like perhaps he was targeted because he is not being as much of a hard-line Republican as others from Mississippi are. Why can’t people agree to disagree instead of wanting to inflict harm on others.

  8. Mike Ryan says

    Rather stupid and sure fire way NOT to harm an elected official. Did the sender actually believe (for one moment) that Wicker himself would open the letter? Is Wicker up for re-election or in need of publicity (self-stunt?)

  9. Mark Parker says

    David Hearne, is that all you can do is call people idiot? I mean besides posting incorrect information, is there anything else you are capable of? Mike, I’m certain if the sender was any group of people from the available candidates here in Ms, most likely they didn’t know of his mail being inspected when sent to him in DC. Or it may have been sent with the knowledge it would be inspected an just wanted to scare him from future votes that sided with the Democratic party. Who knows, crazy theories abound these days. He just won reelection I believe. I do think he was the one I wrote in for local dog catcher or something at the same time of the Presidential elections.

  10. MateoM says

    Mark, of course that’s all he can do. David Hearne is a well known troll. Just ignore him.