Postal workers pleased with ricin suspect's arrest

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 7:04 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Local postal workers said they are pleased that authorities arrested a Spokane man accused of sending a deadly poison, ricin, in the mail.

Authorities arrested Matthew Ryan Buquet, 37, on Wednesday. He was immediately charged with one count of mailing a threatening communication.

Court documents alleged that the Browne’s Addition man sent ricin laced letters to a Spokane post office and a federal judge. The letters were intercepted by the Postal Service, and no one was injured.

The President of the local union for postal workers said he is glad someone is in custody.

“I had been confident that they would make an arrest,” said Union President Jack Talcott, “but on the other side I was a little disappointed I learned it from the news and not my employer."

The FBI searched Buquet’s apartment in Browne’s Addition on Saturday, However, they will not confirm whether any evidence was removed from the apartment. They also would not reveal where Buquet was arrested on Wednesday.

Postal workers in Spokane told KREM 2 News that they were worried about this case because they often get letters addressed to the post office.

"That's where some of the employee concerns came from,” said Talcott, “hey if this was addressed to the post office, am I in danger by opening these letters?"   

The judge set his bail hearing for Tuesday, May 28th at 2:00 p.m.

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