A suspicious package with a powdery substance was delivered and opened at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened around 8:50 AM, Friday, January 25, 2013 inside Sheriff Blair’s office, 692 NW 30th Ave., Ocala. The assistant, who opened the letter, immediately called for help and emergency protocols were activated. The letter contained a direct threat to Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair.
The assistant was not injured. Fire rescue professionals from both the Marion County Fire Rescue and the Ocala Fire Rescue took over the scene to contain the suspicious powder and package.
“This is serious,” Sheriff Blair said. “The emotional stress on our employees will not be tolerated. Disrupting MCSO business will not be tolerated. And the emergency resources that were used could have been elsewhere protecting the community,” Blair said.
Along with fire agencies, the incident involved the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, MCSO Major Crimes division, plus the MCSO Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism investigations unit. At this point, the powdery substance will be tested by health department professionals in Jacksonville. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) will be investigating this incident.
“We will use all appropriate resources to track down the person or people responsible,” said Blair.
If you know anything about this incident, you can call Crime Stoppers at (352) 368-7867. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.
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