Woman accused of sending ricin letter reportedly arrested

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The Associated Press, citing three law enforcement officials, reported that a woman has been arrested on the New York-Canada border.

There have been previous instances of letters laced with ricin being sent to political leaders in the US.

She was reportedly carrying a gun. News reported her apprehension Sunday, citing an unnamed United States law enforcement official.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Saturday announced that the package was intercepted at an off-site government screening facility before it reached the White House.

A substance identified through testing as ricin was discovered inside the envelope.

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

According to the CDC, Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington field office said the agency along with the Secret Service and the Postal Inspection Service are investigating a "suspicious letter" received at a US government mail facility.

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It has no known antidote.

This follows reports last week that officials intercepted an envelope addressed to Trump containing the poison ricin.

The Secret Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police both declined comment on Sunday.

In 2018, a Utah man was indicted on making threats of mailing ricin to President Donald Trump and the Pentagon.

Several envelopes addressed to the president as well as then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis and then-chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson were intercepted by the Secret Service in October 2018.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed the arrest to 7 Eyewitness News on Sunday night.

In 2013 a MS man sent letters with ricin to Barack Obama and a Republican senator.

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