RICIN FOUND AT LAS VEGAS HOTEL

UPDATE/EXCLUSIVE: Law Enforcement Source close to investigation:

“The ONLY purpose for this ricin found here was to produce a deadly toxin… to kill a lot if people”

Vegas mayor pushing hard to downplay incident.

“Federal authorities are ‘watching and waiting’ for symptoms to manifest themselves before notifying public. ‘They don’t want to see panic, and are keeping a tight lid on this until people begin to flood hospitals, die, or the investigation results successfully in finding those behind this.”

29 February 2008 “It’s 100 percent ricin,” according to Capt. Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. That much they know. They don’t know who brought it to a room at the Extended Stay America hotel in Las Vegas, however.

The Northeast Intelligence Network is currently talking with a Nevada law enforcement source and expects to have more information later this morning.

RICIN is 6,000 times more toxic than cyanide and has is no known antidote. One milligram of RICIN - a dose the size of the head of a pin, can kill an adult.

If inhaled, RICIN can cause death in 36 to 48 hours by attacking the respiratory and circulatory systems.

If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.

Click here for CDC facts about RICIN.

UPDATE 1:

SOURCE: Castor beans, acetone, and RICIN powder found; presumptive and subsequent tests POSITIVE for manufactured RICIN…

Federal authorities contacted - looking for “additional quantity of RICIN in powdered form…”

Law enforcement source calls this a “deliberate act” to manufacture RICIN… Cites “two people of interest.”

Stepping back in time:

Ricin found in a Senate office building mail room - February 2004

Al-Zarqawi believed to be behind ricin plot - January 27 2003

…Developing