Authorities Seize “Suspicious” Envelopes Sent to Election Offices

( – The FBI is looking into incidents of fentanyl-laced envelopes that have been sent to a number of election offices around the country.

Authorities seized the envelopes after staff from the election offices noticed a “suspicious” powdery substance on them. Offices that received the letters had to conduct emergency evacuations for safety reasons.

Testing conducted by the Bureau “indicated the presence of fentanyl” in “at least four instances.” ABC News reported that the apparent aim of the letter-sender/s was to “end elections now.”

Text printed on the letters called for a stop to elections in order to “stop giving power to the right.”

“We are in charge now and there is no more need for them (elections),” the letters further read.

The envelopes were sent to election offices located in different states – California, Georgia, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The text printed out in the letters received by the election offices in different states was largely similar.

However, some envelopes contained only baking soda, and not fentanyl, but the FBI has ordered additional testing for the substances, as the initial tests were only preliminary field tests. A more rigorous examination in a lab could provide authorities with more information to help them find the culprits responsible for the act.

Investigations into the incidents are ongoing, but authorities have marked them as “acts of terrorism,” which have also managed to delay the counting of ballots in a number of local races.

In a statement issued by the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, law enforcement agents are also undertaking steps to “intercept any additional letters” that have yet to be delivered. Federal investigators are looking at the possibility that the letters originated from a location in the Pacific Northwest.

This is not the first time U.S. election counting centers have been targeted by such attacks though. Just a few months ago, envelopes also containing a powdery substance were sent to election offices in the King and Okanogan counties in Washington. Letters sent to King Country contained fentanyl, while the powder in the envelopes sent to Okanogan was deemed to be “unharmful” by authorities.

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