Police hunt for person behind scare
POLICE are pursuing the perpetrator of a stunt that resulted in Casino Police Station having to be closed and decontaminated.
The station was shut for three hours after a Wharf St resident brought in an envelope containing white powder which had been delivered to their letterbox.
A second envelope containing powder was delivered to another home in the street on the same day.
“White powder went in my bag, all over the porch and my yard, and in a friend’s car,” one of the envelope recipients, who did not wish to be named, told The Northern Star.
“We are living in fear.”
Using the standard term “white powder incidents” to describe the events, a police spokesperson confirmed the Casino station was closed after an envelope was hand-delivered to the station.
Officers isolated the deliverer, the envelope and its contents, closed the station, and called the NSW Fire and Rescue Service. A Hazmat crew from Goonellabah cordoned off the station and area.
Casino Fire and Rescue Service officers responded to a second incident when an envelope containing powder was reported inside a Wharf St house only hours later. In this case the owner and the house were decontaminated.
“They even took my letterbox,” the resident said.
Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Rob Cairnduff said the envelopes and white powder were sent to the NSW Forensic Service Group laboratory in Sydney.
There the powder will be analysed and identified and the envelopes tested for DNA and fingerprints.
“Police are actively investigating the incidents and we are awaiting the results of the forensic analysis.
"Serious charges could follow,” Insp Cairnduff said.
Depending on the nature of the powder, the sender could be charged with federal offences relating to the use of the postal service to menace and harass.
They could also be charged with public mischief. If the powder is found to be a potentially harmful or toxic substance, the charges would be more serious.