Suspicious letter found at Santa Fe UPS

Posted at: 07/11/2013 11:15 AM
Updated at: 07/11/2013 12:45 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Santa Fe police responded to reports of a suspicious package at the Capitol on Monday.
Santa Fe police responded to reports of a suspicious package at the Capitol on Monday.

A hazmat crew investigating a suspicious letter sent from a Santa Fe UPS facility uncovered the contents on Thursday.

The facility, located at 2541 Camino Ortiz near Cerillos Road, was evacuated by New Mexico State Police Thursday morning.

NMSP spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez said the letter was originally sent to a Rio Arriba courthouse, but a clerk alerted authorities after noticing the envelope was missing a return address.

The clerk did not see any suspicious powder on the letter, but wanted Santa Fe district courthouse security to evaluate it as a precaution.

Police tracked the envelope back to the UPS facility in Santa Fe. A hazmat team opened the letter and found legal mail inside.

On Monday and Wednesday, envelopes containing a powdery substance were discovered at the state Capitol and district courthouse. Both substances were determined to be non-toxic and possibly baking soda.