Update - Suspicious Packages (rel #847, 848, 851)

Two individuals related to five suspicious package incidents yesterday afternoon have been released without charges.

Further investigation by the Targeted Enforcement Unit revealed that a man and woman had been hired by a third adult female to deliver one package to each location. Investigators have concluded that these two individuals were unaware of the contents of the envelopes.

The third female, 31-years-old, is facing five counts each of Public Mischief, Mischief and Utter Threats to Cause Bodily Harm. The woman appeared in court this morning on an unrelated matter. A court date has not been set for charges related to yesterday's incidents.

Police received the first report of an envelope containing an unknown substance to a restaurant in the 400 block of 21st Street East at 12:23 p.m. Over the next two hours, four similar reports followed at; a business in the 400 block of 21st Street East, a hotel in the 300 block of Circle Drive North, a second hotel in the 600 block of Cynthia Street and a business in the 200 block of 4th Avenue South.

Members of SPS Patrol assisted the Saskatoon Fire Department Hazmat and Decontamination Teams, the Ministry of Environment, and MD Ambulance in the immediate response. Initial testing of the substances has determined four to be sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and the fifth was talcum powder. There were no reported injuries and there is no danger to public safety.