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Montreal woman accused of sending poisonous letter to Donald Trump says she sent nine in total to various targets: police – National Post

September 21st, 2020

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The woman is scheduled to have an initial appearance in Buffalo federal court Tuesday at 4 p.m., according to Department of Justice officials.

U.S. border agents arrested a traveller Sunday afternoon at the border after crossing the Peace Bridge from Fort Erie, Ont., into Buffalo, NY, said Aaron Bowker of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

She had a gun with her, a law enforcement source said.

On Sunday, the RCMP confirmed the FBI requested help over a suspicious letter that tested positive for toxic ricin that appeared to have been sent from Canada.

Police investigators walk past a condo building related to an investigation into the ricin-filled envelope sent to the White House, as an RCMP team checks the area in Longueuil, Quebec, September 21, 2020. Photo by Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Monday morning, the RCMP executed a search warrant at an apartment in St-Hubert, just south of Montreal.

“We know that a female suspect was arrested by our U.S. colleagues last night,” RCMP spokesperson Corporal Charles Poirier said.

“There is a clear link between her and this residence that we are searching today.”

The RCMP’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives team (CBRNE), a specialized team composed of members of the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces, led the operation in St-Hubert.

“It is believed at this point that there was a highly toxic substance inside those packages. The word ricin has been mentioned. However, at this point, we are not taking any chances, hence the deployment we have here today.”

Police evacuated some apartments on the fourth floor of the building, near the one being searched, but not the whole building.

Letters containing ricin were also mailed to two law enforcement agencies in Texas; Ferrier had been arrested by each agency last year, court documents show.

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