Canadian woman, 53, suspected of mailing ricin to President Trump

PICTURED: French-born Canadian woman, 53, suspected of mailing ricin to President Trump at the White House and to law enforcement in Texas

  • Pascale Ferrier, 53, from Quebec, Canada, identified as suspect who allegedly mailed ricin-tainted letter to President Trump at White House 
  • She is also suspected of mailing three poison-laced envelopes to law enforcement officials in Hidalgo County, Texas
  • Ferrier was said to be armed when she was taken into custody on Sunday on the US-Canada border  
  • On Monday, Royal Canadian Mountain Police descended on an apartment complex in Montreal 
  • Police in Montreal say Ferrier sent six letters in total; one to Trump and five to an address in Texas  

The woman accused of mailing envelope containing ricin to President Trump and to to law enforcement in Texas has been identified as a 53-year-old a French-born resident of Quebec who previously served time in a Texas jail.

Court records first obtained by CBC named the suspect as Pascale Ferrier, who was arrested on Sunday by the US Customs and Border Protection on the US-Canada border near Buffalo, New York. She was caught carrying a gun. 

She is expected to make her initial appearance in federal court in Buffalo later today.  

Named: Pascale Ferrier, 53, a French-born resident of Quebec, has been identified as the woman suspected of mailing ricin letters to President Trump at the White House

Authorities believe Ferrier sent a total of six letters; one to Trump and the others to people in Texas. 

Ferrier, a native of France, became a Canadian citizen in November 2015 after living in the country for seven years. According to sources speaking to CTV News, she works as a computer programmer. 

Ferrier had been living in the US last year and was arrested in Mission, Texas, in March 2019 on a charge of tampering with a government record for using a fake driver’s license.

Ferrier pleaded not guilty and spent 20 days in jail pending trial before prosecutors dropped the charge because it was her first offense.

Ferrier, a native of France living in Canada, had spent 20 days in a Texas jail last year after being charged with using a fake driver’s license 

Ferrier is a computer programmer who became a citizen of Canada in November 2015

Just weeks after regaining her freedom, Ferrier was deported back to Canada for overstaying her six-month visa and committing a crime on US soil, the New York Times reported. She was said to have moved to Laval, Quebec.

A Twitter account associated with a Pascale Ferrier, born in 1967, from Laval, Quebec, reportedly sent out an anti-Trump tweet with the hashtag ‘#killtrump’ on September 9.   

The first poison-tainted letter allegedly sent by Ferrier was intercepted earlier this week at the final offsite processing facility where mail is screened before it reaches the White House. A preliminary investigation confirmed the presence of ricin from Canada.

The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. 

And envelopes containing ricin were also mailed to law enforcement agencies in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, according to another law enforcement official.  

An envelope containing ricin was mailed and addressed to President Trump (pictured) earlier this week from an address in Canada

The official did not say which agencies were sent the envelopes but said they are believed to have been mailed by the same person who sent one to the White House.

The officials were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

One of the envelopes was sent to the police in Mission, Texas, said Investigator Art Flores, a spokesman for the border community’s police department. He said no one was hurt.

Although Flores did not specify which agency, Sheriff Eddie Guerra of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office revealed he had been a recipient.

Sheriff Eddie Guerra  (pictured) of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office announced that he had received a envelope of ricin 

Guerra revealed that he and three of his detention employees received the toxic mail

It was not immediately clear when the envelopes reached Hidalgo County, which contains Mission and the city of McAllen. 

In a tweet, Guerra said they he and three staffers had received the dangerous envelopes in the mail.

‘I can confirm that envelopes, containing the deadly toxin ricin, was mailed to me and three of my detention staff.’ he wrote.

‘At this time due to a active federal investigation I cannot make any further comments but a media release will be sent out tomorrow. No injuries were sustained.’

Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrive at the home of the woman suspected of mailing Trump a letter that contained ricin 

The woman has not been named but she is also suspected of sending similar letters to law enforcement officials in Texas

The woman remains in custody in the US. She is thought to have been arrested by the FBI 

Canadian police on Monday swooped on an apartment complex in Montreal in connection with a ricin-laced letter that was sent to Trump.   

While there, police roped off a modern beige and brown apartment building and evacuated its inhabitants.

On Saturday, the RCMP confirmed that the letter had apparently been sent from Canada and said that the FBI had requested assistance. 

A Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman at the scene of the raid on Monday afternoon 

It’s unclear how the woman became connected to the ricin plot. She was arrested on Sunday trying to enter the US

The RCMP said the search is being led by chemical and explosives teams. They do not think there is a threat to the public

Teams entering a van on Monday during the search. Police in Canada say the woman sent six letters in total

Ricin is found naturally in castor beans but it takes a deliberate act to convert it into a biological weapon.

Ricin can cause death within 36 to 72 hours from exposure to an amount as small as a pinhead. No known antidote exists.  

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