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FBI: Miss. man arrested, accused in ricin letters

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The FBI says they've arrested a Mississippi man in connection with poison-laced letters sent to President Obama and a Mississippi senator.

The FBI has identified the suspect as Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, who they believe is responsible for a total of three ricin letters: one to President Obama, the second to U.S. Senator Roger wicker from Mississippi, and the third target, who is being referred to as a Mississippi justice official.

The letters addressed to Senator Wicker and the President never got close to their intended targets; both were detected and intercepted at mail sorting facilities away from the Capital and White House. It's not clear how the third letter was discovered.

According to the FBI, Paul Kevin Curtis, the alleged sender of those ricin-poisoned letters, was arrested late Wednesday afternoon at his apartment in Corinth, Mississippi, about 100 miles east of Memphis Tennessee where the two letters sent to Washington were postmarked.

According to an FBI bulletin obtained by Fox 32 News both letters contained the same message:

"To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."

Both were signed, "I am KC and I approve this message."

Authorities are waiting for definitive tests on the ricin, because preliminary tests can register false positives.

The Medical Director for the Illinois Poison Center said Ricin is highly toxic if breathed or ingested, but "unless it is weaponized and it takes a significant amount of skill to make that happen, the lethality of this compound is actually fairly low 20 just because of the difficulty in delivery."

There were other letter scares at other congressional offices in Washington and in other parts of the country.

Sources out of Washington say that there is no evidence that the ricin letters have any connection to the Boston bombing.

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