Navy Veteran in Utah Confesses to Mailing Envelopes Laced with Ricin

first published on October 5, 2018 by

A US Navy veteran is being held near Salt Lake City after confessing to mailing four envelopes laced with ground castor beans – attempting to produce the deadly poison ricin – this past week according to Utah and federal authorities. The envelops were mailed to President Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

This undated photo shows William Clyde Allen III, 39, a U.S. Navy veteran. He has confessed to sending to President Trump and military leaders four envelops containing the substance from which the poison ricin is derived, according to court documents. (Davis County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

William Clyde Allen III of Logan, Utah has confessed to mailing four envelopes that have tested positive for the poison ricin, to the President and other senior government officials and is currently being held by authorities pending a federal complaint expected to be filed sometime Friday. All four envelopes were intercepted safely according to the FBI and the pentagon.

Law enforcement officers search a house on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Logan, Utah. A man suspected of mailing ricin to the Pentagon and President Donald Trump was taken into custody at the scene. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal via AP)

The 39-year-old confessed to state investigators after authorities executed a search warrant on the US navy veteran’s residence on Wednesday, holding him on $25,000 cash-only bond according to AP. Allen served in the Navy from 1998 to 2002 and has had multiple purported run-ins with the law including assault and child abuse.