Canadian woman accused of mailing ricin to President Trump identified

by Jenny Mount · Sep 22nd, 2020 3:34 pm

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office

Last Updated Sep 24th, 2020 at 2:34 am

Pascale Ferrier of Quebec has been identified as the woman accused of sending a letter to President Trump containing the poison ricin. Ferrier was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Peace Bridge border crossing on Sunday near Buffalo, New York.

According to court records, Ferrier was also arrested last year in Mission, Texas, for using a fake driver's license. After pleading not guilty, she spent 20 days in jail before the charge was eventually dismissed since it was her first offense.

Police spokesman Cpl. Charles Poirier of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that a team of officers with expertise in handling chemicals and explosives led a search in connection with the ricin-laced envelopes. They searched a condo in Saint-Hubert on Montreal's South Shore, at which time nearby homes were evacuated. Poirier could not confirm that Ferrier lived in the condo, but said there is a link between the residence and the suspect.

Poirier told reporters that "the RCMP is assisting the FBI in this investigation."

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office

Although Poirier could not give details on where the other envelopes were sent, Sheriff Eddie Guerra of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office in Edinburg, Texas, confirmed that ricin was mailed to three of his detention staff and himself. Nobody was injured, according to Guerra.


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