NM Capitol, courthouse sent suspicious mail in same week

Posted at: 07/11/2013 10:01 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

SANTA FE -- Two suspicious envelopes containing a white powder ended up at the state Capitol and district courthouse this week, but are the incidents related?

Santa Fe authorities and FBI investigators are looking for clues after tests confirmed the powder wasn't dangerous in both cases.

On Wednesday, Santa Fe Sheriff's deputies evacuated the district courthouse when an employee in the clerk's office opened mail containing white powder. The FBI kept 19 employees quarantined in the office until tests determined the powder was non-toxic and most likely baking soda.

In a similar case Monday, a receptionist discovered a white powdery substance in an envelope sent to the state Capitol.

No one was hurt in either incident, but the culprits remain at large.

"We can't let any threat alter the decisions that we make," Chief Judge Raymond Ortiz told the Santa Fe New Mexican.