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February 29, 2008

100% Pure Ricin Found In Vegas Hotel

Preliminary tests indicate it's "100% ricin," but follow-up tests haven't comfirmed that. Castor beans (used to make the poison) were also found.

It seems that something bad was afoot. Though of course it might just be plain old murder or psychopathy... thankfully.

Hot Air has the link.

Police in Las Vegas, Nevada, are investigating the discovery of what they said is the deadly poison ricin in a hotel room. art.ricinhotel.klas.jpg

No one has shown symptoms of ricin poisoning after the toxin was found Thursday at a Las Vegas, Nevada, hotel.

Preliminary tests show the substance is ricin, authorities said, but other tests to confirm it are under way.

Meanwhile, the reason the substance was in the room remains a mystery.

"We don't know who [the ricin] belongs to or why it would be here at this time," said Capt. Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The FBI, which is assisting in the case, said it saw no link to terrorism, according to spokesman Richard Kolko.

Authorities were called to an Extended Stay America hotel around 3 p.m. PT Thursday after a man brought a bag with a small container to the manager's office. The man said he found it while retrieving items from a hotel room.

The substance is "100 percent ricin," Lombardo said.


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