U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have reportedly arrested a Canadian woman believed to be responsible for sending envelopes containing ricin to President Trump and five individuals in South Texas, a Canadian news source reported on Monday.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) believe that 53-year-old Pascale Ferrier of Quebec sent six letters, one to the president and five to Texans.
An RCMP official indicated that the Canadian agency is cooperating with American authorities.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra confirmed on social media that several people in his office were targeted.
“I can confirm that envelopes, containing the deadly toxic ricin, was mailed to me and three of my detention staff. At this time due to [an] active federal investigation I cannot make any further comments but a media release will be sent out tomorrow. No injuries were sustained,” Guerra said in a tweet on Tuesday.
The Mission Police Department also said they received a letter containing ricin, The Brownsville Herald reported.
Ferrier reportedly served a 20-day jail sentence in Hidalgo County and was later deported after she was arrested in Mission and local officials realized her visa had expired.
The count appears to be consistent with the RCMP’s statement – four letters to Hidalgo County, one letter to Mission, and one letter to President Trump make six letters total.
According to the Associated Press, the toxin-laced envelope for President Trump was confiscated at a location that inspects mail sent to Trump and the White House.
Though it’s unclear with what offense Ferrier will be charged, 18 U.S. Code §1751 states that any person found guilty of attempting to kill the president can be sentenced to up to life imprisonment.
Ferrier would not be the first person to send ricin to Trump.
A man from Logan, Utah was apprehended in 2018 after he attempted a similar scheme, mailing the toxin to the president and several officials at the Pentagon.
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Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan in Dallas. During the academic year, he coaches high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.