OUR OPINION: Law cooperation stars in letter suspect arrest

By NEMS Daily Journal

The investigation leading to the arrest Wednesday afternoon of Kevin Curtis on allegations that he sent letters laced with poison to three public officials was relatively brief in its most acute phases, but official sources indicated he has been a person of interest for a long time.
When crunch time came – after letters he allegedly mailed were sent to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland were preliminarily processed for poison – federal and state officials in force cooperated, leading to an arrest and a second scheduled federal court appearance today.
Some elements have not been released, but a federal account fills in many details:
“(Wednesday) at approximately 5:15 p.m. (CDT), FBI Special Agents arrested Paul Kevin Curtis, the individual believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the U.S. Postal Service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin. The letters were addressed to a U.S. Senator, the White House and a Mississippi justice official. The individual was arrested at his residence in Corinth, Miss., following an investigation conducted by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss., the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, aided by the following state and local agencies: Lee County, Miss., Sheriff’s Office, Prentiss County, Miss., Sheriff’s Office; Corinth, Miss., Police Department; Booneville, Miss., Police Department; Tupelo, Miss., Police Department; the Mississippi National Guard 47th Civil Support Team; and the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.”
The operation was not perfect (the suspect at first was misidentified nationwide, including the town of residence), but corrections were made. It’s noteworthy that an unintended trail of postings and communications on the Internet offers even to casual sleuths some striking stylistic similarities with the letters sent to public officials, allegedly by Curtis.
Investigating the allegedly ricin–tainted letters is far from concluded, as is the investigation of bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.
Public patience and public vigilance remain necessary, both as a precaution, and for any credible opportunity to assist law enforcement with helpful information.
New developments unfold every few hours, and one could provide the clue that leads to resolution. The public should remain aware.