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Monday July 8, 2013

Suspicious Substance and Package Sent to NM Governor Susana Martinez, Staff Quarantined

Suspicious Substance and Package Sent to NM Governor Susana Martinez, Staff Quarantined

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’ office has been sent a suspicious powdery white substance in a letter which shut down the Capital building.  A second suspicious package was also found in the Santa Fe office.

New Mexico officials said the letter had been opened by a secretary before realizing what was inside. All employees that handled the envelope have been quarantined. The suspicious items were found around 3 pm local time. 

The fourth floor of the Capital building was evacuated and the ventilation system shut down as a precautionary measure.  The FBI has been called in to investigate. 

Governor Martinez was not in her office at the time. 

Initial indications are that the substance was not toxic but further tests on the unidentified material will be conducted.  No information has been provided on the suspicious package.

Mexican-American Martinez, 53, was elected in 2010 and made history by becoming the first Hispanic female governor in the state’s history.