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.
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.