Woman suspected of sending ricin to White House President Trump accused of sending poison envelopes to Texas sheriff and police
- Sheriff Eddie Guerra said he and three of his detention officers received envelopes containing ricin in Hidalgo County, Texas.
- No one has been poisoned and an investigation has been started
- Authorities believe the same person who sent the envelopes to Texas addressed one to President Trump in the White House
- The unknown woman was taken into custody at the American border on Sunday
- Police have not confirmed her identity, but say she was armed
- On Monday, Royal Canadian Mountain Police descended on an apartment complex in Montreal
- Montreal police say they have sent a total of six letters; one for Trump and five for an address in Texas
- They won’t say if she’s America or Canadian, or if she lived in the apartment being searched
- Police described it as a ‘major’ operation they are conducting to help the US authorities
The woman accused of sending an envelope containing ricin to President Trump is also suspected of sending additional toxic envelopes to Texas police.
The first letter was intercepted earlier this week at the last third-party processing facility where mail is screened before it reaches the White House. A preliminary investigation confirmed the presence of ricin from Canada.
An unknown woman was arrested on Sunday by the US Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Bridge intersection near Buffalo, New York.
The woman is expected to face federal charges, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press, and will appear in federal court in Buffalo on Tuesday.
Authorities believe she has sent a total of six letters; one for Trump and the others for people in Texas.
An envelope containing ricin was sent to President Trump (pictured) earlier this week from an address in Canada
The letter addressed to the White House appears to be from Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
And envelopes containing ricin were also sent to law enforcement agencies in South Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, according to another law enforcement official.
The official did not say which agencies the envelopes had been sent to, but said they would have been sent by the same person who sent one to the White House.
The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
One of the envelopes was sent to police in Mission, Texas, said investigator Art Flores, a police spokesman for the border community. He said no one was hurt.
Although Flores did not specify which agency, Sheriff Eddie Guerra of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office revealed he was a recipient.
Sheriff Eddie Guerra (pictured) of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office announced he had received an envelope containing ricin
Guerra revealed that he and three of his detention officers had received the poisonous mail
It was not immediately clear when the envelopes reached Hidalgo County, where Mission and the town of McAllen are.
In a tweet, Guerra said he and three staffers had received the dangerous envelopes in the mail.
“I can confirm that envelopes containing the deadly poison ricin have been sent to me and three of my detention officers.” He wrote.
At this point, I am unable to make any further comments due to an active federal investigation, but a press release will be sent tomorrow. No injuries were sustained. ‘
Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrive at the home of woman suspected of sending a letter containing ricin to Trump
The woman has not been named, but she is also suspected of sending similar letters to law enforcement officials in Texas
The woman remains in custody in the US. She is said to have been arrested by the FBI
Canadian police raided an apartment complex in Montreal on Monday in connection with a ricin-soaked letter sent to Trump.
While there, police tore down a modern beige and brown apartment building and evacuated the residents.
On Saturday, the RCMP confirmed that the letter had apparently been sent from Canada and said the FBI had asked for help.
A Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman at the site of the Monday afternoon raid
It is unclear how the woman became connected to the ricin plot. She was arrested on Sunday as she tried to enter the US
The RCMP said the search is being led by chemicals and explosives teams. They don’t think there is a threat to the public
Teams enter a van on Monday during the search. Police in Canada say the woman has sent a total of six letters
Ricin occurs naturally in castor beans, but it takes a conscious action to convert it into a biological weapon.
Ricin can cause death within 36 to 72 hours of exposure to an amount as small as a pinhead. There is no antidote.
The FBI declined to comment on Monday.