Woman accused of sending ricin letter arrested

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2020

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The White House and the US Secret Service declined to comment on Saturday, Reuters said.

A woman in Canada was identified as a suspect in the case, the New York Times said Saturday, citing an unidentified law enforcement official.

The envelope to the White House was caught at the final offsite processing facility where mail is screened before being sent to the White House mail room.

The FBI said in a statement Sunday that "an arrest was made of an individual allegedly responsible for sending a suspicious letter".

On Saturday afternoon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it was investigating a package with the U.S. Secret Service.

A statement from the FBI said: "The FBI and our US Secret Service and US Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a US government mail facility". It is about 6,000 times deadlier than cyanide and can cause death within 36 hours with an amount as small as a pinhead.

It has no known antidote.

There have been several prior instances in which USA officials have been targeted with ricin sent through the mail.

Those letters were also intercepted, and a Utah man, William Clyde Allen III, was charged with sending them.

In 2013, there were two incidents involving ricin-laced letters being sent to then-U.S. President Barack Obama, occurring within months of each other.

"We are aware of the concerning reports of packages containing ricin directed toward U.S. federal government sites", Mary-Liz Power, chief spokeswoman for Canada's Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair, told CNN on Saturday.

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