The suspect is being held for sending Donald Trump a letter containing the deadly poison RICIN in a package addressed to the White House.
- An unidentified suspect was arrested for the poison package
- The package was intercepted by screeners this week before it reached the White House
- Authorities earlier said they believed it was sent from Canada
- 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 package containing the deadly poison ricin to Donald Trump.
The unidentified person was arrested while trying to enter the United States from Canada, a law enforcement officer told NBC News Sunday.
No further details such as age, name or gender are currently known about the suspect.
The Secret Service intercepted a package of deadly ricin sent to Trump
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 partners in US intelligence and the US Postal Inspection Service are investigating a suspicious letter that has arrived at a US government postal facility, "the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement to the Times on Saturday.
"There is currently no known threat to public safety."
Law enforcement officials said Saturday they believed it was sent from Canada.
The suspect allegedly also sent other poison packages to a number of federal prisons, a police officer told NBC News on Saturday.
Only one package should be aimed at a political figure.
It is not clear when any of the packages were sent, which federal prisons were targeted, and who the recipients of those packages were.
All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened in a secure off-site facility prior to delivery
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.
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.