Documents show suspect admitted to sending letters testing positive for ricin

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LOGAN, Utah (News4Utah) – Newly released court documents show 39 year old William Clyde Allen III admitted to investigators he sent four letters to government officials that tested positive for ricin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Utah expects to formally charge him with the threat of terrorism.

On Wednesday FBI Agents and Logan Police Officers arrested Allen at his home near 300 North and 200 West. They also set up a perimeter and kept people away to make sure no other materials were found on site.

The letters were sent from Logan on September 24th, but never made it to their destination. Instead, they were flagged at a sorting center. The letters were addressed to President Donald Trump, the FBI Director, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and the Chief of Naval Operations.

Court documents show the letters contained ground castor beans which contain ricin. Although they have to be further processed to make the highly potent poison.

Investigators have asked Allen not be released before his court day of October 5th. He will appear in federal court where he’s expected to be officially charged.

The FBI says they don’t believe there is any threat to neighbors in Logan. Yet those like Dawn McEwen who lives nearby said it’s still worrisome.

“My daughter goes to school another block away,” said McEwen. “I don’t want to hear about things happening in the mail. I live near ground zero.”

Another neighbor who knew Allen through his wife said he was never overly political or angry in their conversations. Which he said made Wednesday’s arrest even more shocking.

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