Suspect arrested in reference to ricin letter addressed to White House

Washington, September 21

Authorities have arrested an individual suspected of sending the lethal poison ricin in an envelope addressed to the White House however intercepted earlier than it might be delivered there, a regulation enforcement supply stated on Sunday.

In response to a Reuters question searching for affirmation of media stories {that a} girl accused of mailing the ricin-tainted letter had been taken into custody on the US-Canadian border, the FBI area workplace in Washington issued an announcement saying: “An arrest was made of an individual allegedly responsible for sending a suspicious letter.”

The assertion added: “The investigation is ongoing.” The regulation enforcement supply, acquainted with the case however talking on situation of anonymity, informed Reuters the “suspicious letter” referred to within the FBI assertion was the identical because the envelope discovered to have contained ricin.

The supply additionally stated the individual arrested was a girl of Canadian citizenship.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police stated on Saturday that it had obtained a request for help from the FBI within the investigation and that the suspicious letter in query appeared to have been despatched from Canada.

The RCMP additional acknowledged that an FBI evaluation of a substance contained in the envelope detected “the presence of ricin,” a extremely poisonous agent derived from castor beans.

While naturally occurring, the toxin requires a deliberate act to transform it right into a organic weapon, with publicity to an quantity as small as a pinhead able to inflicting dying inside 36 to 72 hours. No recognized antidote exists.

Initially requested concerning the incident on Saturday, the FBI stated it had joined the US Secret Service and the US Postal Inspection Service within the investigation of “a suspicious letter received at a US government mail facility.” The envelope was intercepted at a US authorities mail middle earlier than it might be delivered to the White House.

The Secret Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police each declined touch upon Sunday.

There have been quite a few incidents involving envelopes mailed with ricin to US officers lately.

In 2018, a Utah man was indicted on costs of creating ricin-related threats to President Donald Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray and different federal officers, with all of the letters “containing castor bean material.” Two folks have been convicted and sentenced to jail in separate incidents of sending ricin-tainted letters to Barack Obama whereas he was president. Reuters

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