Washington: On Sunday, US officials said that a deadly poison named Ricin was sent in envelopes to the White House address. According to police officials, the envelopes found suspicious were scrutinized during the sorting of packets that came to the White House earlier this week. The investigation has identified the Ricin lethal substance in the envelope.
Investigators believe the envelope has been sent from Canada and a suspicious woman has been identified. Investigators have been trying to find out if more such envelopes have also been sent. It is noteworthy that ricin is a very deadly substance which is extracted from castor beans.
Ricin, which is part of the waste produced when castor oil is made, has no known antidote.
A woman suspected of sending a letter with poison ‘ricin’ to a White House address was arrested on the New York-Canada border. Three law enforcement officers gave this information. The letter was intercepted at the beginning of last week before reaching the White House.
The woman was arrested by the US Customs and Border Defense officers from Peace Bridge near the border and it is likely that she will face federal charges. The woman’s name has not been revealed yet. The letter, sent to a White House address, appears to have been originally drafted in Canada. The Royal Canada Mounted Police has informed this.
The letter was intercepted at a government establishment that checks the incoming mailings of President Donald Trump and the President’s Office at the White House. In the preliminary investigation, the official confirmed that the poison was ‘ricin’. The officer gave this information on the condition of keeping the name confidential. Earlier too, there have been several attempts to target American officials by sending recins through letters. The former Navy staffer i.e. William Clyde Allen was arrested in 2018 on charges of sending similar envelopes to Trump and members of his administration.
In 2013, a Mississippi man sent letters containing ricin to President Barack Obama and a Republican senator in an attempt to frame a rival. The letters were intercepted at sorting facilities.