FBI investigates letter containing toxins sent to group of green voters in New Mexico

The FBI is investigating a letter containing a toxic chemical and filled with anti-Semitic threats and symbols that was sent anonymously to a group of environmental voters in New Mexico.

It was directed against New Mexico’s Conservation voters, the state’s Democratic Party and state Rep. Nathan Small. The lawmaker, a Democrat from Las Cruces, has co-sponsored legislation that commits New Mexico’s utilities to a carbon-free energy system by 2045, the Albuquerque Journal noted.

A tested sample of material discovered in the letter sent Wednesday contained “ingredients of a potent toxin used in terrorist attacks,” according to a statement from the voters’ group, affiliated with the National League of Conservation Voters. The substance, however, was in an inert form that was not harmful, according to the environmental group’s statement.

But “whoever committed this vicious act clearly had the intent to cause harm,” Demis Foster, the group’s chief executive, said in the statement.

The group’s office in downtown Santa Fe was evacuated and quarantined after the letter arrived, Foster said. The office remains closed.

“There is no place in a functioning democracy for anyone to resort to the use of terror because they disapprove of a candidate for public office,” Foster added. “It is shocking and terrifying that we have to experience such a malicious attack on our democracy.”

The disturbing letter comes amid an increase in political violence and intimidation ahead of the midterm elections.

Right-wing armed observers – many wearing military-style tactical gear – “guarded” the ballot boxes in neighboring Arizona.

And in San Francisco, Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was beaten with a hammer by a man who invaded the couple’s home early Friday as he tried to find the Democratic leader, who is not wasn’t there. The suspect has been linked to far-right views and conspiracy theories.


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