Rican was found at the Extended Stay America Hotel late Thursday night.
The Extended Stay America Hotel looks like kind of a dump – it’s off the strip in Vegas features newly renovated rooms and valley views (and apparently last night a neighbor mixing ricin).
Three hotel employees and one hotel guest were taken to the hospital due to possible exposure. Ricin as small as a pinhead can be deadly.
Las Vegas Metro Homeland Security Capt. Joe Lombardo said “Ricin is very serious. Something as small as the size of a pin can be deadly. An individual citizen, other than being involved in cancer research or cancer prevention, would not have any legal means or proper means to have it” .
Ricin is a powerful poison made from Castor Beans. According to the CDC it has some “legitimate medical uses” but it’s also considered a potential terrorist weapon. Only a tiny amount is needed to kill a person and many people can be killed with a large amount.
Homeland Security officials and the FBI are investigating along with the Las Vegas police but officials do not believe it is related to terrorism. Lovely.