Suspicious Envelopes Mailed to Election Offices

Suspicious Envelopes Mailed to Election Offices

( – While the synthetic opioid fentanyl comes in both a pharmaceutical variety and an illegally made version, both are very powerful. In fact, the CDC stated the drug is 100 times more powerful than morphine and is a top contributor to overdoses in the United States. Often, illegal fentanyl is mixed with other street drugs — a move the user would never know until it was too late. Shockingly, the odorless and invisible substance recently made its way through the mail system.

On November 10, CBS News reported that suspicious envelopes containing the deadly drug were found in four county election offices across the US. A senior official confirmed there were about 12 letters in total sent to Washington, Georgia, California, Nevada, and Oregon. While that particular source wasn’t aware of any other envelopes sent to any other states, the investigation into the matter was still ongoing. On Monday, November 13, it was also reported that a similar envelope was sent to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.

Luckily, the trace amounts of fentanyl found were considered “nonharmful,” and no one was reportedly injured so far. Still, authorities distributed naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug — to at least Georgia. Initial tests on the letters were done at the scene, but the official said the FBI was going to run more thorough tests on the evidence to get further details.

According to The Associated Press, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called the incident “domestic terrorism” that all elected officials should condemn. Tacoma police spokesperson William Muse said the message inside one of the envelopes delivered in Washington mentioned something along the lines of “stopping the election.” Secretary of State Steve Hobbs said in a release that the incident highlights the fact that “election workers” need better protection.

The FBI is still investigating the incidents and warned that everyone should be careful while handling the mail, especially when it comes from an unknown source.

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