Sacramento Valley CAIR Receives Quran in a Tub of Lard in the Mail

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Police Department is investigating after the Sacramento Valley Council on American-Islamic Relations received a strange package in the mail.

"We did not know what would be inside. We thought we saw a book, it was probably the Quran, but we let the authorities open it," Katelyn Costa, CAIR, said.

The organization received a FedEx package and inside they found a Quran stuffed in a tub of pork lard.

(Photo Courtesy: CAIR Sacramento)

The sender also wrote "menacing" and "hateful" messages inside the pages of the Quran.

The incident happened June 28, just days after two area mosques were vandalized.

On June 24, a burned Quran filled with bacon was left hanging on a handcuff near the Masjid Islamic Center in Sacramento and on June 23 a driver threw large pieces of the Quran at the Islamic Center of Davis.

 

Those incidents though were classified as hate crimes, this one however, falls into a different category.

"We are looking into it as hate-related activity. However, there was no actual crime committed," said Linda Matthew with the Sacramento Police Department.

Although this wouldn't be classified as a hate crime, CAIR members see it as a hateful act.

"Definitely hateful. We're going to let the authorities determine if it's a crime or not. But this is part of a rash of hate incidents. There were three in June, and it's just part of a larger up-tick in hateful incidents across the country," Costa said.

Officials from CAIR say that the package was sent from Houston, Texas.

"Through the investigation the detectives were able to determine the package was shipped by a female, white adult in her 40s or 50s," Matthew said.

The Sacramento Police Department has made no arrests for any of the incidents in June.

"We are currently working with the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center as this behavior is something that we do not tolerate,” said the Sacramento Police Department in a Statement to FOX40.