Canadian police investigate poison-laced letter sent to Trump

WHITE HOUSE RICIN LETTER ST-HUBERT

A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which confirmed Saturday that it was working with the FBI to investigate the matter, told CNN Sunday that "the RCMP is still not in a position to issue a statement, or to confirm/deny any reports on arrests".

"We have a big police operation underway", RCMP spokesperson Corporal Charles Poirier told the Montreal Gazette.

Officials with Longueuil police tweeted that they are assisting the RCMP in carrying out a search at a property on Vauquelin Blvd. and that a residential building has been evacuated as a safety precaution.

According to the statement, the operation in Longueuil (Saint-Hubert) involves a special Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives team (CBRNE). "At this time, there is no known threat to public safety".

Canadian police on Monday searched an apartment in a Montreal suburb that is linked to the woman arrested for sending a ricin-filled envelope to the White House and to five other addresses in Texas, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

This comes as federal charges are expected to be laid against a woman arrested by USA officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo.

Police have not yet indicated whether the suspect is in fact Canadian.

While further details about the individual's involvement is yet to be disclosed, she's believed to be involved in the ricin-laced mail that was sent to the White House last week.

American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington. A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin which was addressed to White House has been arrested at the New Y
BREAKING: Police raid home in Quebec relating to suspect who allegedly sent Trump ricin-laced letter

The Mounties were brought into the case by request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an RCMP spokesperson confirmed, but provided little else in the way of details.

The woman's name has yet to be released.

The RCMP became involved in the FBI's investigation when it was revealed that the letter may have originated in Canada.

Poirier said Monday that envelopes containing ricin, a toxic substance found naturally in castor beans, had also been sent to various locations in Texas.

Authorities arrested on Sunday a person suspected of sending the deadly poison by mail, addressed to the White House.

The letter was intercepted by officials before it reached President Trump's residence.

This story will be updated.

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