Two envelopes containing ricin are intercepted at the Pentagon

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A defence official told AFP the packages were addressed to Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Navy head Admiral John Richardson.

The envelopes were detected on Monday, said Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.

It is commonly used in terror plots and is found in castor beans.

When asked about the letters sent to the Pentagon, a Secret Service spokesman told CNN that "the Secret Service can confirm receipt of a suspicious envelope addressed to the President on October 1, 2018".

The Pentagon said in a statement it had put its mail facility under quarantine and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was analysing the envelopes.

'As this is ongoing, we will have no further comment, ' a spokesman said.

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The envelopes were discovered at the Pentagon's mail screening center.

Late Tuesday, the U.S. Secret Service said it had received a "suspicious envelope" addressed to President Trump the day before.

The FBI and the Pentagon Force Protection agency are responding and further testing is expected to be done by the FBI, the officials said.

The quarantine occurred on the same day Ted Cruz's Houston campaign headquarters went into lockdown after two people were apparently exposed to a "white powdery substance". In April 2013, an envelope that contained ricin was sent to Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker, according to reports at the time.

Notable Ricin poisonings include the deadly poisoning of Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian writer and journalist who was living in London in 1978.

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