Police in Las Vegas, Nevada, are investigating the discovery
of the deadly poison ricin in a hotel room Thursday.
Authorities were called to an Extended Stay America hotel
around 3 p.m. after a man brought a bag holding a small container
to the manager's office. The man said he found it while retrieving
items from a hotel room.
It's "100 percent ricin," said Capt. Joe Lombardo
of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. "We
don't know who (the ricin) belongs to or why it would be here
at this time."
Three hotel employees and a fourth person who came to the
room to retrieve some items were taken to the hospital as
a precaution, Officer Ramon Dendy told CNN. Three police officers
who went into the room are also being watched at the hospital.
None of the seven have shown symptoms of ricin poisoning,
which can include anything from difficulty breathing, fever,
cough, nausea and sweating to severe vomiting and dehydration.
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"We did have enough ricin to be of concern," Lombardo
said. "At this point, it has been contained and processed
where it's not a threat to anybody." Watch police discuss
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Lombardo said the "area of concern" is under quarantine
and is going through a decontamination process. All seven
people have been decontaminated.
Police said they don't know how many people have stayed in
the room recently.
The discovery of ricin alarms law-enforcement agencies because
authorities in several countries have investigated links between
suspect extremists and ricin.