A woman suspected of sending poison in a letter envelope to President Donald Trump has been arrested. Reportedly, she tried to enter the US from Canada at a border crossing in New York state. She was taken into custody in the United States-Canada border.

According to NDTV, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a request for assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI in the matter. The suspicious letter in question appeared to have been sent from Canada, as per reports.

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What You Should Know About The Poison

  • It is called Ricin
  • Ricin is a highly toxic agent derived from castor beans. Castor beans are used to make castor oil. 
  • It is said that Ricin can potentially be a biological weapon

The official, who arrested the woman, said that the envelope had contained ricin. It is a highly toxic agent derived from castor beans. The toxin apparently requires a deliberate act to convert it into a biological weapon.

Joint Terrorism Task Force, New York Police, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police are now in-charge of the further investigation.

Mary-Liz Power, chief spokeswoman for Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said “We are aware of the concerning reports of packages containing ricin directed toward US federal government sites.” She further added “Canadian law enforcement is working closely with their US counterparts. As this is an active investigation we cannot comment further”

About the woman

According to The New York Times, nearly a year after she had been deported from the United States for engaging in criminal activity, she made an appearance at the border between America and Canada carrying ricin in an envelope. An Official said that the Customs and Border Protection agents hindered the woman when she tried to cross the border.

She was also arrested in March 2019 by the Mission, Texas, police for possession of an unlicensed weapon, and carrying a fake driver’s license.

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When she was in a Texas jail, authorities discovered that she had overstayed her six-month visa. The woman also had violated the terms of her passport as she committed a crime in the United States.  Subsequently, she was then deported back to Canada. 

This is the second time when someone has tried to send ricin to Trump. In 2018, federal authorities suspected someone named William Clyde Allen who tried to deliver castor beans instead of ricin to Trump. 

Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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