Governor's Office Evacuated Over Suspicious Mail

Jul 8, 2013

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of the top floor of the New Mexico Capitol after a suspicious substance was found in mail sent to the governor's office.

A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez says front office staff was processing and sorting incoming mail Monday afternoon when a white powdery substance came out of one of the envelopes.

Spokesman Enrique Knell says staff immediately isolated themselves, then called the Department of Public Safety and State Homeland Security Department for directions on how to respond.

Knell says the Santa Fe Fire Department hazardous materials unit is on the scene and authorities evacuated the governor's office and the rest of the fourth floor of the Capitol.

Knell says a second suspicious piece of mail has also been identified and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case.