Secret Service Intercepts Suspicious Letter Addressed to Obama

Charles Dharapak/AP

UPDATE: 12:48 p.m., Capitol Police confirm that two suspicious packages have been removed from two buildings near the Capitol.

UPDATE: 12:35 p.m., Capitol Hill Police Officer Shennell Antropus told reporters Wednesday, "We are controlling access into the Capitol Building."

UPDATE: 12:33 p.m., "Substantial progress into the Boston Marathon bomings," reports CNN.

UPDATE: 12:17 p.m., The FBI says there is no indication of a connection to the bombing at Monday's Boston Marathon.

UPDATE: 12:09 p.m., FBI confirms poisonous ricin in letter addressed to Obama.

The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a "suspicious substance."

A law enforcement official said the letter is very similar to one recently mailed to Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. That letter tested positive Tuesday for poisonous ricin.

The official requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.

The letters were received at separate facilities that sort mail addressed to the White House and Capitol Hill. The mail facilities are not located on the main White House and Capitol Hill complexes.

Word of the suspicious letters comes amid already heightened tensions in Washington and across the country since the deadly bombings on Monday at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 170. Law enforcement officials haven't said whether they believe the letters are related in any way to the Boston bombings.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the letter to Obama was intercepted Tuesday, the same day congressional officials alerted the public to the letter sent to Wicker. Secret Service is working with the FBI, as well as U.S. Capitol Police, on the investigation, Donovan said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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