Arrest in case of ricin letters sent to White House, Texas

Clay Curtis
September 22, 2020

The RCMP say it's conducting an operation south of Montreal in connection with an envelope containing the poison ricin that was sent to the White House.

A woman suspected of sending an envelope with the poison ricin addressed to White House has been detained at the New York-Canada border, Canadian law enforcement officials have said, as quoted by the Montreal Gazette.

"We don't know if she lived here but there is a clear link between her and this residence, " Poirier told reporters at the scene. "It started at 10 a.m. this morning". According to the Daily Mail, the woman was arrested trying to enter the USA from Canada at a NY state border crossing.

The nationality of the suspect is not known. The letter was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump, and a preliminary investigation showed that it tested positive for ricin.

The RCMP said a team with expertise in handling chemicals and explosives is leading the investigation to ensure the safety of the public.

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Longueuil police said they are assisting the RCMP with the execution of a warrant and that a condo building had been evacuated as a precaution.

"I can confirm that an arrest was made at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York", Mike Niezgoda, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency told Radio Canada International. That said, her name has not yet been released.

The RCMP became involved in the FBI's investigation when it was revealed that the letter may have originated in Canada. Brien said an analysis found the letter contained ricin, a toxic substance found naturally in castor beans.

While further details about the individual's involvement is yet to be disclosed, she's believed to be involved in the ricin-laced mail that was sent to the White House last week.

A navy veteran was arrested in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes containing the substance from which ricin is derived to Trump, CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray and James Mattis, then the secretary of defence.

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