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Report: White powder in letter sent to AL AG was inmate's toothpaste

File Photo: Emergency response crews on the scene at the AG's office 8/14/13. File Photo: Emergency response crews on the scene at the AG's office 8/14/13.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A Dallas County inmate wanted to get the Alabama Attorney General's attention through a letter, but most likely not in the way it did.

An investigation has revealed the exact substance on a suspicious letter that was sent to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's office last week.

The white powder that forced the evacuation of the AG's office on August 14 was identified as dried toothpaste.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department says an inmate at the county jail needed some way to seal an envelope that had been previously used. Toothpaste did the trick.

The inmate's letter was addressed to AG Strange and was a complaint regarding the county's jail conditions.

While authorities quickly deemed the letter non-hazardous on the scene, eight employees within the attorney general's office had to be quarantined and decontaminated as a precaution.

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