2 letters contain ricin in Spokane

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SPOKANE — A postal workers union in Spokane says two letters that appeared to contain the deadly poison ricin have been found.

One of the letters was addressed to the Spokane Post Office and the other was addressed to a federal judge in Spokane. Preliminary tests indicate both letters contained ricin.

Additional testing is being performed.

The FBI in Spokane is declining to comment on the case.

But the union in a press release says it believes that no employees were harmed by the ricin, because it was not in a form that could be inhaled or easily ingested.