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A woman was charged with mailing explosives to Obama and her state’s governor


A woman in Brookshire, Texas has been accused of mailing homemade explosives to former President Barack Obama and other major politicians, according to The Washington Post.

The Post on Thursday reported that the materials could have maimed or even killed Obama and the other lawmakers who were targeted.

Julia Poff, 46, mailed the devices to Obama, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

KHOU on Thursday reported that the packages were sent on Oct. 12, 2016, with the third one being addressed to SSA Commissioner Carolyn Colvin.

The charges against Poff were listed in documents filed in district court last week in Houston, and federal investigators believe she targeted the trio for various reasons.

Abbott was the only one to open his package, according to court documents, but it did not detonate as “he did not open it as designed.”

The devices would have caused “severe burns and death” to those who opened them the correct way for detonation.

Poff was known to dislike Obama, and court documents said she was also “upset with Greg Abbott” last year.

The Texas woman was frustrated with Abbott as “she had not received support from her ex-husband.”

Poff had previously applied for Social Security benefits but had been denied, and investigators traced the boxes to her after examining several of their components.

Hair belonging to one of Poff’s two cats was found under the address label of the package sent to Obama.

A related cigarette box was found bought at a truck stop near her home, and the indictment also noted a salad dressing cap was a brand she was known to have bought for a dinner.

Poff has since been charged with six counts, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure.

The Texas woman has also been charged with falsely declaring bankruptcy and defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps.

Investigators discovered the latter alleged activities while probing Poff in relation to the mailed explosives.

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