2 letters containing deadly ricin found in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - 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 contained ricin.

The letters are now being tested and analyzed for more hazardous materials.

In a statement read to postal employees Wednesday morning, the union said the letters also contained physical threats, KXLY-TV reported.

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.

Although if employees develop cough, fever or difficulty breathing they are advised to notify their supervisor and a doctor.