RCMP launch operation south of Montreal connected to White House ricin letter

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2020

"It started at 10 a.m. this morning".

On Sunday, officials arrested a woman attempting to cross into the United States from Canada in connection with the investigation. The woman was trying to cross from Canada into Buffalo, New York.

The nationality of the suspect is not known.

American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington. A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin which was addressed to White House has been arrested at the New Y

Canadian law enforcement was called in to help the FBI investigate after American authorities found evidence the suspicious letter to the White House had originated in Canada.

"It is believed at this point that there was a highly toxic substance inside those packages". There is no word on whether the operation is taking place at the woman's residence.

According to the statement, the operation in Longueuil (Saint-Hubert) involves a special Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives team (CBRNE). The department did not open the envelope and turned it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he said.

Longueuil police said they are assisting the RCMP with the execution of a warrant and that a condo building had been evacuated as a precaution.

CTV News public safety analyst Chris Lewis told CTV News Channel on Monday that police will "know more about her quickly than she knows about herself, from her online presence, to her background". However, the woman was taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection officers near Buffalo.

Reports say she may have had a gun on her at the time of her arrest. Those envelopes contained a substance from which ricin is derived.

In a statement provided to CNN on Saturday, the FBI's Washington field office said that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation and our U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility".

Authorities arrested on Sunday a person suspected of sending the deadly poison in an envelope to the White House. The letters were intercepted, and no one was hurt.

In 2014, a MS man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after sending letters dusted with ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials.

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