A threatening letter sent from Portland to the King County Elections office in Seattle has spurred an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service after “trace amounts” of fentanyl were found on the letter and in the envelope, the elections office said Wednesday.
The elections office received the letter Tuesday as voters across Washington cast ballots in the state’s 2023 primary, said Halei Watkins, a King County Elections spokesperson.
Elections office employees opened the letter and notified their supervisors of its “vaguely threatening” language. The supervisors reported the letter to the postal service for investigation, Watkins said.
Watkins said tests conducted by the postal service’s investigative branch concluded that “trace amounts” of fentanyl were present on the letter. The letter was postmarked from Portland.