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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2010

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U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Fort Worth Division
Inspector in Charge Randall C. Till
14800 Trinity Blvd, Suite 600
Ft. Worth TX 76155
214-695-7386
postalinspectors.uspis.gov
  Federal Bureau of Investigation
Dallas Division
Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Casey Jr.
One Justice Way
Dallas TX 75220
972-559-5000
dallas.fbi.gov


Up to $100,000 Reward for information on
White Powder Mailings in North Texas

Inspector In Charge Randall C. Till, Ft. Worth Division of the U.S Postal Inspection Service, and Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Casey Jr., Dallas office of the FBI, announced a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the recent mailings of letters containing white powder in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Beginning August 5, 2010, a series of white powder letters were received at churches, mosques and businesses in the North Texas area. Letters were mailed to the following North Texas communities: Allen, Arlington, Carrollton, Dallas, De Soto, Fort Worth, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, McKinney and Richardson.

The white powdery substance was field-screened by Postal Inspectors or local Hazardous Material Teams (hazmat), and the tests had negative results. The substance is not toxic. The white powdery substance was forwarded to local laboratories for further analysis.

To date, all of the white powder letters have been postmarked from North Texas, leading investigators to believe the person(s) responsible may live in that area.

In addition to the white powder letters received in North Texas, additional letters were received in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Lubbock, TX; and Waltham, MA. Those letters are similar in postmark and content to the letters received in North Texas.

Investigators have also determined that the white powder letters are similar in postmark and content to letters mailed to U.S. embassies and U.S. governors’ offices in December 2008.

All letters have referenced Al Qaeda, but the meaning of the message is unknown. The sender(s) appears to be committed to getting their message out, but has not clearly articulated what the message may be.

Although mail is screened for toxic substances prior to delivery, the public is reminded to take the following precautions should they receive mail with a powdery substance in it.

  • Leave the immediate area where the powder was spilled. Do not attempt to clean up the powder. Isolate the area where the spill has occurred.
  • Wash hands immediately.
  • Call 911 and advised them of the receipt of the mailing.
  • Remember, all instances of white powder in this matter have tested negative for a toxic substance.

Anyone with information concerning these letters should contact the Ft. Worth Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 817-359-2719 or the Dallas FBI Office at 972-559-5000.

 

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