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Dust mask may be smoking gun in ricin case

NEED TO KNOW
  • Affidavit: Poison tainted mask found in trash
  • Letters containing toxin sent to President, other officials
A Tupelo, Mississippi, man has been charged with possession and use of a biological agent as a weapon in connection an investigation into ricin-tainted letter sent to President Barack Obama and others.

A dust mask found in a suspect's trash may link him to an apparent attempt to poison U.S. President Barack Obama and other public officials.

James Everett Dutschke is accused of sending a toxin called ricin through the mail.

FLASHBACK: Envelope sent to senator tests positive for ricin

According to an affidavit unsealed yesterday, the dust mask tested positive for ricin.

And a witness said Dutschke talked years ago about putting "a poison" in envelopes.

Dutschke has denied any involvement.

KEEP READING: Mississippi man arrested in ricin letters case

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