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Arrest made after suspicious letters mailed to Trump, Mattis

Arrest made after suspicious letters mailed to Trump, Mattis
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The FBI on Wednesday took into custody a former U.S. Navy sailor suspected of mailing envelopes containing potentially toxic material to the Pentagon and the White House.

The suspect has been identified as William Clyde Allen III of Logan, Utah, the Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed to The Hill.

“Federal prosecutors in Utah authorized a probable cause arrest of Mr. Allen this afternoon. We anticipate filing charges Friday,” office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said in a statement.

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Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Wednesday that multiple letters mailed to Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs MORE and Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson contained castor seeds, from which the toxin ricin is derived.

White issued the statement after the Pentagon Force Protection Agency on Tuesday detected a substance suspected of being ricin during mail screenings at the building's underground screening facility.

Ricin is easy to produce and is potentially deadly if made into a pure power form that can be inhaled. The toxin has also been used in terror plots.

Suspicious envelopes addressed to President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE were also intercepted on Monday by the U.S. Secret Service.

The Herald Journal reported that Allen was arrested in Logan, roughly 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. An FBI crime lab was on scene, and the public was warned to stay away from the area due to possible hazardous chemicals, FBI Salt Lake City field office spokesman Doug Davis told the outlet.