Authorities are investigating a suspicious envelope despatched to the elections workplace in Yuba County on Wednesday morning which may have contained fentanyl.
The Yuba County Sheriff’s Division will examine the incident. The envelope was despatched to the Yuba County Registrar of Voters headquarters, about 40 miles north of the state Capitol in Sacramento.
The package deal appeared to return from “a verified company” and did not look suspicious at first, however a employees member found a powdery substance inside that prompted them to name legislation enforcement, mentioned Yuba County spokesperson Rachel Abbott. A area check confirmed the presence of fentanyl, however authorities will conduct additional evaluation to verify. Abbott mentioned nobody was harmed.
A slew of suspicious packages, together with some laced with fentanyl, have been despatched to elections amenities in a minimum of 5 states — together with California — final November, prompting evacuations and delaying the counting of ballots in some native races. The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service needed to step in to intercept such packages within the mail system. Letters meant for election workplaces in Sacramento and Los Angeles have been amongst these intercepted.
Election officers and employees throughout the nation have more and more confronted threats and harassment since former President Donald Trump and his supporters started spreading false election claims after he misplaced the 2020 election.
Many election workplaces throughout the US have taken steps to extend the safety of their buildings and increase protections for employees. Dealing with the threats of fentanyl-laced packages, some have began stocking up on naloxone, the antidote to fentanyl.
Yuba County officers mentioned employees bear coaching on easy methods to establish and deal with suspicious packages.
California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber mentioned her workplace has supplied security protocols to native elections workplaces to extend safety.
“I belief that legislation enforcement authorities will establish and convey to justice any individuals chargeable for in search of to intimidate, threaten, or hurt election employees,” Weber mentioned in an announcement.