Southwest Florida lawmakers on poisoned envelopes scare
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CREATED Apr. 17, 2013
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Four in Your Corner is getting reaction from our lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the suspected ricin threat and how the post office is protecting you from dangerous material like this.
The National Postal Inspection Service, which is the law enforcement arm of the postal service, isn't commenting on safety procedures.
A spokeswoman told FOX 4 that commenting on the customer protections could compromise safety.
Though the postal service isn't talking, Southwest Florida lawmakers are, like Senator Bill Nelson.
"We've temporarily stopped mail delivery to the Senate," Sen. Nelson said.
In light of the scare, he released the statement saying at state offices of his, like the one in Fort Myers, they do have special mail handling procedures in place if anything suspicious would come their way.
"Authorities have told me 2 tests showed the deadly poison ricin was the substance found in separate letters," said Sen. Nelson.
He says those letters put his office on alert.
Rep. Trey Radel's office is also commenting on the matter.
"We are always aware and on guard, but as of right now we have received no indication that our district office has been targeted."
Though the Postal Inspection Service spokeswoman wouldn't give specifics on protecting customers, she did say the safeguards in place are always evolving.
Sen. Nelson praised those safeguards, whatever they may be, in stopping something that could have turned deadly.
"It has worked and it's protected our people," said Sen. Nelson.
He also mentioned police in Washington were questioning a man who had numerous letters in a backpack. It's unknown if it's the same person authorities arrested Wednesday. The suspect's name is not being released at this time.