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Suspicious powder-filled package sent to Arizona congressman

A package covered in swastikas and containing a suspicious white powder was sent to Arizona congressman Raul Grijalva, Thursday. The powder has been sent for testing.

By Associated Press / October 22, 2010



Tucson, Arizona

The Tucson office of U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva was evacuated Thursday after an envelope with swastikas on it containing a white powder was discovered in the office's mail.

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The Democratic congressman, who is seeking a fifth term, wasn't at the office when a staffer discovered the envelope, Grijalva spokesman Adam Sarvana said.

Tucson police responded and evacuated about a dozen people from the office. An FBI spokesman said the substance has been taken to Phoenix for further testing.

Authorities said it's not immediately known who sent the envelope to Grijalva, who has been threatened previously.

Sarvana said Grijalva was at another Tucson office Thursday — his campaign office — and was made aware of the envelope's discovery.

A Phoenix man was indicted in June for allegedly threatening to assault, kidnap and murder Grijalva and his aides. In July, a bullet was fired into Grijalva's Yuma district office shortly after he reversed his call for a convention boycott because of Arizona's new immigration law.

The Arizona law would require police enforcing other laws to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It was to go into effect this summer, but a judge put on hold key provisions pending the resolution of a legal challenge.