- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a woman they believe mailed a powdery substance to the sheriff’s office headquarters in downtown Phoenix in an effort to get her ex-boyfriend in trouble.

The discovery Friday led the sheriff’s office to evacuate a floor of its building. Preliminary tests by a Phoenix Fire Department hazardous materials team showed the substance was corn starch, not a poison or toxic material.

Detectives investigating the case located a man listed on the envelope’s return address. He told them his former girlfriend threatened to get him in trouble by mailing cornstarch to police.

Deputies located 25-year-old Alma Pacheco at a Phoenix home early Saturday and she reportedly admitted sending the letter. She was booked into jail on three felony counts, including causing an emergency response.

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