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Suspect taken into custody for sending a deadly RICIN poison package to Donald Trump


The suspect is being held for sending Donald Trump a letter containing the deadly poison RICIN in a package addressed to the White House.

  • The unidentified person was arrested by CBP agents trying to enter the United States from Canada, a law enforcement officer told NBC News Sunday
  • The FBI said Saturday a poison package addressed to Trump was intercepted by screeners this week before it reached the White House
  • Packages were also sent to a sheriff's office and detention center in Texas
  • No further details on the suspect have been confirmed at this point
  • Officials said Saturday they believed it was sent from Canada and were looking for a Canadian woman in connection with the packages
  • Ricin is a deadly poison that can kill in a few grains of salt

A suspect has been taken into custody for allegedly sending a letter containing the deadly poison ricin to Donald Trump in a package addressed to the White House.

The unidentified person was arrested by customs and border guards trying to enter the US from Canada, a law enforcement officer told NBC News Sunday.

At this point, no further details about the suspect such as age, name or gender were confirmed.

However, an official told the New York Times on Saturday that authorities were looking for a Canadian woman in connection with the deadly packages.

A suspect has been taken into custody for allegedly sending a letter containing the deadly poison ricin to Donald Trump in a package addressed to the White House

The suspicious letter to the president was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, the FBI said on Saturday.

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened in a secure off-site facility prior to delivery.

The envelope for the White House was caught in the final off-site processing facility where mail is checked before being sent to the White House post office.

Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of ricin – which is fatal if inhaled – in the letter, and an FBI investigation has been opened to locate the sender.

& # 39; The F.B.I. and our US Intelligence and Postal Inspection partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a US government postal facility, "the FBI said in a statement on Saturday.

"There is currently no known threat to public safety."

Law enforcement officials said Saturday they believed the package was sent from Canada.

The suspect also allegedly sent other poison packages to a detention center and sheriff's office in Texas.

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened in a secure off-site facility prior to delivery

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened in a secure off-site facility prior to delivery

Only one package should be aimed at a political figure.

It is not clear when any of the packets were sent or who the recipients of the other packets were.

There is also still no evidence that the poison packages are linked to international terrorist organizations.

Ricin is a potent toxin extracted from castor beans that is extremely deadly if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested.

Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be fatal for adults.

Deadly ricin was previously used to target American politicians by mail.

Ricin is a potent toxin extracted from castor beans (see picture) that is extremely deadly if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested. Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be fatal for adults

Ricin is a potent toxin extracted from castor beans (see picture) that is extremely deadly if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested. Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be fatal for adults

In 2014, actress Shannon Richardson, who appeared in The Walking Dead, was convicted of sending envelopes of ricin to then-President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

She was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Ricin was also featured in a multi-year story arc on the television series Breaking Bad, which inspired several real-life criminal schemes with the poison.

In 2014, Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman pleaded guilty to federal charges after a bag of ricin was found in his dormitory.

Prosecutors say he planned to use it on another student he was previously in a relationship with. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison.

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