Canadian woman accused of sending poisoned letter to Trump arrested
Published: 11:56 AM, 21 September 2020
US President Donald Trump
A Canadian woman suspected of sending a letter containing the poison ricin to US President Donald Trump has been arrested at New York-Canada border.
Citing a US law enforcement official, CNN reported that the woman was arrested when she tried to enter the US from Canada at a border crossing in New York state. The woman was carrying a gun and arrested by US authorities, the official added.
US prosecutors in Washington, DC, are expected to bring charges against her. However, her name was not immediately released.
Earlier, it has been reported that law enforcement had intercepted a ricin package sent to Trump last week, according to two law enforcement officials, and that investigators were looking into the possibility that it came from Canada.
A person familiar with the investigation told CNN that the letter was mailed from St. Hubert, Quebec, and contained a granular substance with similar physical characteristics to ground castor beans.
Two tests had been done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility before reaching the White House.
A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told CNN on Sunday that "the RCMP is still not in a position to issue a statement, or to confirm/deny any reports on arrests."
Earlier on Saturday, RCMP confirmed that they were working with the FBI to investigate the matter. - CNN