Nine Suspicious White Powder Letters Received at Offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives Throughout Alabama
|FBI Mobile January 04, 2010|
Timothy J. Fuhrman, Special Agent in Charge, Mobile FBI; and Patrick Maley, Special Agent in Charge, Birmingham FBI, announce the FBI is investigating nine suspicious white powder letters received at the offices of four U.S. Senators and Representatives throughout the state of Alabama.
Nine handwritten letters, which also contained a white powder, were sent to the offices of U.S. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, and U.S. Representatives Jo Bonner and Mike Rogers, in Montgomery, Birmingham, Mobile, Foley, and Anniston, Alabama. The white powder substance has been field screened and the tests have met with negative results. The white powder substance will receive further testing at the laboratories at the Alabama Department of Public Health. To date, all letters have been postmarked in Alabama and do not appear to have gone outside the state.
The FBI field offices in Mobile and Birmingham are working the matter jointly along with the U.S. Postal Service and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The FBI is requesting anyone with information concerning these letters should contact the local FBI office in Mobile at 251-438-3674, or the Birmingham office at 205-326-6166.