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‘Suspicious’ letters to state agency under investigation

August 6, 2018

‘Suspicious’ letters to state agency under investigation

The FBI is investigating two “suspicious” letters sent to the the state Children Youth and Families Department, a spokeswoman for the department confirmed Friday.

One of the letters, deemed to be “hate mail,” according to an email to employees the department provided to The New Mexican, was received Thursday afternoon. A another was received Friday.

“There is no reason for the alarm and the circumstance has been contained,” said the email that Constituent Services liaison Harry Montoya sent to employees Friday. The message said the mailings were being inspected by the city Fire Department and the state Facilities Management Division.

May Jaramilla, who spoke on behalf of the agency Friday, said she couldn’t be more specific about the nature of the mailings while they are the subject of an ongoing investigation. But she said protocol for handling such items includes isolating such an item, sealing it, turning off the building’s heating and cooling system to minimize exposure, and contacting authorities.

Jaramilla said the mailings were “generic” in that they were addressed simply to the department and not an individual employee.

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