After several days of speculation about who could be behind a series of suspicious packages mailed to several high-profile Democrats, (many of whom called for violence against Trump supporters), one male is now in custody in Florida. CNN, a Democrat Party media ally, received one of the suspicious packages as well.
According to a Fox News report, the person who has been arrested is a white male in his 50’s, is a current resident of Florida, a former New York resident, and has previous arrests related to terroristic threats. Fox News reports that the suspect was arrested in Plantation, Florida.
Fox News reports – A suspect was arrested in Florida on Friday morning in connection with the rash of suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats nationwide, a law enforcement source confirmed to Fox News.
Federal authorities had been focusing on Florida as the location where the majority of packages originated.
— FBI (@FBI) October 26, 2018
“Some of the packages went through the mail,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News. “They originated, some of them, from Florida. I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.”
Several of the packages went through a U.S. postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida. The Miami-Dade County Police Department confirmed Thursday it was helping federal agents who were at the facility as part of the ongoing investigation.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 26, 2018
The USPS operates an innovative imaging system that photographs each piece of mail processed throughout the country. Investigators were likely relying on that system to pinpoint where some of the packages were mailed.
The FBI says the packages each consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing potentially destructive devices. The packages were addressed with a computer-printed address label and six stamps.
A government source told Fox News that the stamps are being analyzed by the FBI in Quantico. The source also said the investigation has progressed “significantly” and that the FBI is reaching out to retailers to zero in on where the elements of the bombs were made and where they were sold.
The envelopes and packaging materials will also be closely analyzed and are likely to contain a treasure trove of DNA information that can be used to identify whoever is behind the bombs. Tiny bits of genetic material – traces of sweat, skin cells, saliva, hair or fingerprints – will be a roadmap to the suspect’s door, investigators and bomb experts say.