Deadly poison found in envelope addressed to U.S. senator

An envelope that tested positive for a deadly poison was intercepted in a mail room at the U.S. Capitol.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the envelope was addressed to Senator Roger Wicker, a republican from Mississippi.

A lab in Maryland confirmed the presence of Ricin, a highly toxic substance derived from castor beans.

The chair of the Homeland Security Commission says it’s unlikely the incident is linked to Monday’s bombings.

A law enforcement source tells CNN that Senator Wicker has been assigned a protective detail.

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