A US federal judge on Monday declared a Canadian woman arrested on suspicion of sending ricin-filled letters to President Donald Trump “an ongoing threat” to Trump and ordered her arrested and transferred to Washington DC, where she was charged.
H Kenneth Schroeder Jr., a judge in Buffalo, New York, said Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, 53, a resident of the Canadian province of Quebec, posed an aviation risk and had shown a propensity to harm Trump and others if released .
Schröder said he was reviewing government evidence that Ferrier was carrying nearly 300 rounds of ammunition when she was arrested while trying to enter the U.S. earlier this month, as well as traces of ricin found in her Quebec home .
“I conclude that there is clear and convincing evidence that the defendant poses a continuing threat to the President of the United States as well as to members of the community,” the judge said at the hearing.
The envelope addressed to Trump was intercepted at the mail sorting facility at the White House in Washington on September 18, where U.S. Postal Service personnel identified it as suspicious and contacted the FBI, according to an FBI affidavit filed with the fee filing .
Ferrier was arrested on the Canadian-US border between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ontario, on September 20, and a grand jury in Washington returned an indictment last Thursday.
Schroeder said Ferrier should be placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service for transfer to Washington to face charges that she threatened to kill and injure the president.
“Unfortunately this country has a history of witnessing and attempting assassinations of the President of the United States, going back to Abraham Lincoln and then William McKinley here in this town in Buffalo, New York, the attempted assassinations of Ronald Reagan and now numerous Threats allegedly made by the defendant against Donald J. Trump, “said the judge.