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Law enforcement investigating 11 white powder letters received at Bergen & Passaic offices

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NEWARK, NJ - The FBI is presently working with a number of local law enforcement agencies on an investigation of 11 letters containing a white powder which were received at various public and government offices throughout Northern New Jersey.

The letters were received beginning on July 17, with letters thus far having been received in Totowa, Clifton, Wayne, Ringwood, and Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) in Passaic County, and Fair Lawn in Bergen County. According to the FBI, all of the letters are being tested at the state laboratory facility. Final results on the first three of the letters concluded that they tested negative for biological agents. There is no indication that anyone has been harmed.

Also involved in the investigation are the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, the Passaic County Sheriff's Office, the respective police departments in each locality where the letters have been received, and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Laboratory.

Since the matter is still under investigation, the FBI will not speculate on motive or connection between each incident.

Below is the FBI's recommended protocol for the public in the event a suspicious package or letter is received.

Recommended suspicious package protocol


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