‘Poison ricin’ in envelope to White House seized in NY-CA border
Published: 10:17 PM, 21 September 2020
Recovered envelope `Ricin` inside eddresed to White House
Major Police Operation Involving Special Chemical, Explosives Team Underway in Quebec, Canada
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.
Canadian police have said in a statement that a major operation related to a contaminated letter sent to the White House is taking place in Quebec, Canada.
According to the statement, the operation in Longueuil (Saint-Hubert) involves a special Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives team (CBRNE).
An ongoing police operation on Vauquelin blvd in St-Hubert, related to the contaminated letter sent to the White House. More details to come. A media relations officer is on-site to answer questions. #rcmp pic.twitter.com/Ms4uQakYBo
The statement says that police and fire teams from Longueuil have also arrived at the site in order to ensure public safety.
On 20 September, local authorities detained a woman suspected of sending a deadly poison in an envelope. 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 suspect was detained when trying to enter the United States from Canada, a federal law enforcement official told NBC.
In 2018, a former US Navy officer reportedly sent two pieces of mail with castor seeds to then-Defence Secretary James Mattis and then-Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. Similar packages were allegedly also sent to the White House and the office of US Senator Ted Cruz.