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Police questioning, searching home of suspect in ricin packages case

Editor’s note: Military Times has learned that a suspect has been arrested in Utah in connection with the packages of suspected ricin sent to Pentagon and Navy leadership. That story can be found here.

Members of the Logan, Utah, police department and the FBI are at the home of a former Navy sailor and questioning him as a suspect in the ricin seed packages sent to the Pentagon and White House, sources told Military Times.

There have been no arrests, but police are searching the home and interviewing the suspect inside his home, said Logan police spokesman Capt. Tyson Budge.

The packages, which were addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson were intercepted by the Pentagon’s mail screening facility. A third package was mailed to the White House, addressed to President Donald Trump but was intercepted by the Secret Service.

“We are still going through the house, still doing interviews,” Budge said.

In an impromtu press conference in Logan, law enforcement officials said the address in question was 308 N. 200 West Logan, Utah.

“As there are potentially hazardous chemicals involved we ask that the public stay away from this location during the entirety of the operation," a local official told media, according to a tweet from a crime reporter on scene.

Budge confirmed that the tweeted feed was authentic.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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