Two Montana GOP lawmakers receive suspicious white powder in mail

Two Montana Republican legislators have received suspicious letters in the mail containing a white powder, Legislative Services Director Jerry Howe said Friday in an email to lawmakers.

As of Friday night, neither were reporting any adverse health effects and law enforcement is investigating and will be testing the substance, according Howe. The incidents follow similar reports elsewhere in the country of state lawmakers receiving letters containing white powder.

This is a copy of the letter sent to Rep. Neil Duram, R-Eureka.

Rep. Neil Duram

Rep. Rhonda Knudsen, R-Culbertson and Rep. Neil Duram, R-Eureka, both received a letter in the mail that contained a white powder, Jerry Howe, director of legislative services, said in an email to legislators Friday.

“Rep. Knudsen gave the letter to the sheriff who is currently testing the substance,” Howe wrote. “Although both Rep. Knudsen and Rep. Durham do not have any adverse effects, it would be wise not to open any suspicious letters or packages until we better understand the nature of the substance contained in these letters.”

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