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TUPELO, MS -

(WMC-TV) – A Tupelo, Mississippi man has been arrested in connection to the letters that were mailed to President Obama and Senator Roger Wicker.  Both letters tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison that comes from castor beans.

The Lee County Sheriff in Tupelo revealed in a news conference, Wednesday night that there was a third letter sent to a justice at the Lee County Justice Center a week ago.

The typed letter had wording similar to the letters sent to President Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker on April 8th.

The letter received in Tupelo also appears to have ricin, just like the letters sent to the President and Senator Wicker.

Two federal officials identify the suspect as Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo.

Curtis is known in the area as an Elvis impersonator who at one time worked at a medical center where he wrote ramblings on the Internet that he was fired because of body parts he accidentally discovered from the morgue.

The Lee County Sheriff said he was contacted by the FBI who had the name Kevin Curtis.

The letter sent to the justice center in Tupelo was opened there.

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Arrest in ricin attack made in North Mississippi

(WMC-TV) –

Federal officials said they arrested the man responsible for mailing the deadly toxin ricin to government officials.

The arrest happened Wednesday night in North Mississippi.

The Lee County Sheriff in Tupelo revealed in a news conference that there was a third letter sent to a justice at the Lee County Justice Center a week ago.

The typed letter had wording similar to the letters sent to President Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker on April 8th.

The letter received in Tupelo also appears to have ricin, just like the letters sent to the President and Senator Wicker.

The associated press has named the person in custody as Kevin Curtis.

Curtis is known in the area as an Elvis impersonator who at one time worked at a medical center where he wrote ramblings on the Internet that he was fired because of body parts he accidentally discovered from the morgue.

The Lee County Sheriff said he was contacted by the FBI who had the name Kevin Curtis.

The letter sent to the justice center in Tupelo was opened there.

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