White powder sent to inmate at Colo. prison

An envelope containing white powder was found on Monday in an Englewood, Colorado, prison where ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is serving a 14 year sentence.

The powder was found in the prison's mail room in a letter addressed to an inmate at the Denver-area prison. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prison have not revealed whether or not the intended recipient of the letter was the ex-governor of Illinois, ABC 7 Chicago reports.

Hazmat units, fire equipment and ambulances were rushed to the prison on Monday morning after a routine mail screening revealed the powdery white substance in an envelope. While there were no evacuations, prisoner security was stepped up for a short time. Though most white powder occurrences since Sept. 11, 2001, have been benign and have not been anthrax, authorities do not take such situations lightly.

The powder at the prison was tested and found to be harmless. Authorities have not revealed why the substance was mailed to the inmate. Prison inmates have been known to send powdery substances to themselves for attention or to be transferred to a new facility, though there is no indication that this is what happened in Monday's situation, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

Ex-governor Blagojevich started his sentence at the Englewood prison less than three weeks ago.