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US Suspect arrested in connection with ricin letter addressed to White House

05:40  21 september  2020
05:40  21 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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WASHINGTON — Authorities have arrested a person suspected of sending the deadly poison ricin in an envelope addressed to the White House In response to a Reuters query seeking confirmation of media reports that a woman accused of mailing the ricin -tainted letter had been taken into custody at

Authorities have arrested a person suspected of sending the deadly poison ricin in an envelope addressed to the White House but intercepted In response to a Reuters query seeking confirmation of media reports that a woman accused of mailing the ricin -tainted letter had been taken into custody

By Mark Hosenball

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities have arrested a person suspected of sending the deadly poison ricin in an envelope addressed to the White House but intercepted before it could be delivered there, a law enforcement source said on Sunday.

In response to a Reuters query seeking confirmation of media reports that a woman accused of mailing the ricin-tainted letter had been taken into custody at the U.S.-Canadian border, the FBI field office in Washington issued a statement saying: “An arrest was made of an individual allegedly responsible for sending a suspicious letter."

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Letter addressed to White House tested positive for deadly poison ricin . WASHINGTON — A woman suspected of sending a letter containing the deadly poison ricin to the White House was arrested trying to enter the United States from Canada, two federal law enforcement officials said

The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. A navy veteran was arrested in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes to Trump and members of his administration that contained the substance from which ricin

The statement added: "The investigation is ongoing."

The law enforcement source, familiar with the case but speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the "suspicious letter" referred to in the FBI statement was the same as the envelope found to have contained ricin.

The source also said the person arrested was a woman of Canadian citizenship.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Saturday that it had received a request for assistance from the FBI in the investigation and that the suspicious letter in question appeared to have been sent from Canada.

The RCMP further stated that an FBI analysis of a substance inside the envelope detected "the presence of ricin," a highly toxic agent derived from castor beans.

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in a Montreal suburb in connection to the arrest of a woman in the US over the ricin -filled New York on Sunday on suspicion she sent the deadly poison by mail, addressed to the White House . On Saturday, Canadian police confirmed the White House letter had apparently been sent from The FBI has launched an investigating into suspected ricin letters sent to law enforcement and detention

On 19 September, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that an investigation was underway over a suspicious letter containing the deadly poison Canadian police have identified the woman who allegedly sent a package containing ricin poison to the White House , CBC reported.

While naturally occurring, the toxin requires a deliberate act to convert it into a biological weapon, with exposure to an amount as small as a pinhead capable of causing death within 36 to 72 hours. No known antidote exists.

Initially asked about the incident on Saturday, the FBI said it had joined the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in the investigation of "a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility."

The envelope was intercepted at a U.S. government mail center before it could be delivered to the White House.

The Secret Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police both declined comment on Sunday.

There have been numerous incidents involving envelopes mailed with ricin to U.S. officials in recent years.

In 2018, a Utah man was indicted on charges of making ricin-related threats to President Donald Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray and other federal officials, with all the letters "containing castor bean material."

Two people have been convicted and sentenced to prison in separate incidents of sending ricin-tainted letters to Barack Obama while he was president.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington; Additional reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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