Special Reward up to $120,000
A reward of up to $120,000 is being offered by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for mailing letters containing the poison ricin and ricin derivative. The vial pictured below was accompanied by a threatening letter addressed to the U.S. Department of Transportation and was discovered at the Greenville, SC, Post Office on October 15, 2003.
The person(s) responsible for these threats may be connected to the trucking or transportation industry, but you
should report any potential leads.
Typewritten on the exterior of the envelope was the following warning: caution RICIN POISON enclosed in sealed container. Do not open without proper protection.
The following is a representation of the language contained in the threat letter.
to the department of transportation: I'm a fleet owner of a tanker company. I have easy access to castor pulp. If my demand is dismissed I'm capable of making Ricin. My demand is simple, January 4 2004 starts the new hours of service for trucks which include a ridiculous ten hours in the sleeper berth. Keep at eight or I will start
dumping. You have been warned this is the only letter that will be sent by me.
Public health information regarding ricin can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site (www.cdc.gov)
Anyone with information should call 1-866-839-6241. A reward payment will be made in accordance with the conditions of U.S. Postal Service Poster 296, Notice of Reward, dated June 2004.
Graphic: Image of metal vial hanging on ring
Graphics: Images of U.S. Postal Inspection Service seal, Federal Bureau of Investigations seal, and U.S. Department of Transportation - Office of Inspector General badge.