Courthouse evacuated after toothpaste sealed envelope from inmate causes panic

Photo provided by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 4:12pm

A courthouse in St. Charles Parish was evacuated this morning after a “suspicious” letter from a prison inmate arrived in the mail. The Louisiana State Police and the FBI were utilized to conduct testing that revealed nothing sinister had occurred. Rather, it was a creative solution to an everyday problem.

“The investigation revealed that an inmate mailed two legal documents, one to Judge Lemmon and the second to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals,” the Sheriff’s Office explained in a press release. “Being the inmate had only one large envelope, he cut the envelope in half and sealed the envelope sent to Judge Lemon with toothpaste as glue.”

According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, the letter arrived shortly after 10:30 a.m. Staff in Judge Lauren Lemmon’s office became concerned by the white flakey substance.

Acting on caution, officials evacuated the courthouse while investigators worked to determine whether it was a possible hazard. They later learned that there was no health risk.

The courthouse remained closed for the remainder of the day, but will resume with normal business hours on Tuesday, July 30.

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