A Canadian woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the deadly poison ricin to President Donald Trump was arrested while trying to enter the United States.
Mike Niezgoda, public affairs officer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement that the arrest took place on Sept. 20 at the Peace Bridge border crossing in Buffalo, New York. The woman’s name wasn’t immediately released.
The letter was intercepted before it reached the White House.
Canadian police are conducting an operation near Montreal airport on Sept. 21 in connection with the ricin-contaminated letter, the Quebec section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) wrote on Twitter.
The incident recalls prior instances in which U.S. officials have been targeted with ricin.
A Navy veteran was arrested in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes containing the substance from which ricin is derived to Trump and members of his administration.
In 2014, a Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after sending letters dusted with ricin to then-President Barack Obama and other officials, while in 2013, a woman sent ricin-laced letters to Obama and then-mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, for which she was sentenced to 18 years in jail.