FBI releases few details on Browne's Addition ricin raid

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by SHAWN CHITNIS, KREM.COM, & ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 5:05 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The FBI has dropped a wall of secrecy around its investigation into the discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin in Spokane.
 
The agency says no one has been arrested in the case, even though they raided an apartment in Browne’s Addition on Saturday.

The raid rerouted drivers along First between Oak and Elm Street. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Spokane police had a search warrant for an apartment in the area. Neighbors noticed crews with hazmat suits going into the building.

“The agents and investigators that have gone in already always wear protective gear, it protects their skin, protects their breathing," said Louie Florez.
 
FBI leaders would not confirm whether any evidence was taken from the apartment. FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said Monday that legal documents in the case may also be sealed. Investigators said the steps they are taking are routine for this type of case.
 
The letters were postmarked Tuesday, May 14th in Spokane and addressed to the downtown post office and the adjacent federal building. They were intercepted by the Postal Service and no one was injured.
 
Investigators in hazardous materials suits spent most of Saturday executing a search warrant at a three-story apartment building in downtown Spokane. Authorities said there was no public health risk.

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