Canadian police on Monday raided an apartment in suburban Montreal linked to the woman arrested for mailing an envelope filled with ricin to the White House and five other addresses in Texas, the Royal said Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with.
US authorities arrested a woman on the US-Canadian border near Buffalo, New York on Sunday on suspicion of mailing the deadly poison to the White House. The woman has joint Canadian and French citizenship, two sources said on Monday.
It will be released on Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) in Buffalo before Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr., a federal court spokeswoman in the western borough of New York, said.
“We believe that a total of six letters were sent, one to the White House and five to Texas,” said RCMP officer Charles Poirier in front of the modern brown and gray building in which the search took place. “We cannot confirm that she lived in (the apartment), but it is connected to her.”
Poirier couldn’t say where in Texas the envelopes were being sent, but the Mission, Texas Police Department received a suspicious letter within the last week, said Art Flores, a department spokesman. The department did not open the envelope and hand it over to the FBI, he said.
Flores also said mission police had arrested the woman who is now believed to be held in Buffalo in early 2019, but said he had no record of the arrest and referred further investigation to the FBI.
The FBI is investigating several suspected ricin letters sent to law enforcement and detention centers in South Texas, a US law enforcement agency told Reuters.
So far, they have not found any connection with political or terrorist groups, but the investigation is still ongoing, the source said.
The RCMP’s special chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive team is leading the operation, the RCMP said.
On Saturday, the RCMP confirmed that the White House letter appeared to have been sent from Canada and said the FBI had requested assistance.
The envelope was intercepted at a government mail center before arriving at the White House.
Ricin is naturally found in castor beans, but it takes conscious action to turn it into a biological weapon. Ricin can cause death within 36 to 72 hours of exposure to an amount as small as the head of a pin. There is no known antidote.
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