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Oct 22, 2010 1:41 PM

FBI: Powder sent to Grijalva not toxic

TUCSON - The FBI has confirmed that the white powdery substance sent to Rep. Raul Grijalva's office yesterday is not toxic.

An official with the FBI would not comment on what the substance was, as it is still part of an ongoing investigation. Rep. Raul Grijalva claimed that someone with Tucson Fire told him the substance was toxic.

A staff member in Grijalva's office, located at the 800 block of East 22nd Street, called Tucson Police earlier today after finding an envelope containing the suspicious white powder. The offices were locked down by Tucson Police, and the FBI arrived to assist in the investigation.

Grijalva says his staff opened the envelope and found two pieces of paper with swastikas on them along with a baggy of white powder.

"It's really distressing. You know, I understand politics, I understand what's going on out there. But for people to feel that their way of expression is to hurt other people physically and endanger other people physically is a really sad commentary on how we're doing politics right now," Grijalva said.

Grijalva is a Democratic representative for Arizona's 7th congressional district.

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