Quebec Woman Identified As Suspect In Case Of Ricin Letter Mailed To White House


OTTAWA — Quebec resident Pascale Ferrier has been identified as the suspect alleged to have sent letters containing the poisonous substance ricin to the White House and different locations in Texas, including a police department, CTV News has confirmed.

A team that specializes in biohazards swarmed a Montreal-area condo Monday morning, evacuating several units as they looked for evidence connected to the ricin-laced letter sent to U. S. President Donald Trump.

The letters were intercepted before reaching their destination and the exact number is “in flux,” officials say.

Ferrier, 53, was arrested at the New York-Ontario border on Sunday while trying to cross the border into Buffalo, N. Y.

Ferrier was initially expected to appear in court Monday afternoon in Buffalo to face federal charges in the U. S., but sources tell CTV News the appointment was postponed to tomorrow.

Ricin is a deadly substance extracted from castor beans. It’s a plant that is not restricted and is easy to grow. With enough exposure, the poison can be fatal within 36 to 72 hours, and there is no antidote.

Ferrier, originally from France, became a Canadian citizen in November 2015. According to sources, she is a computer programmer.

She moved back to Laval last spring, weeks after being released from a Texas prison.

Court documents show in 2019 she was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and knowingly using a fake Texas driver’s license. Ferrier spent three months in jail according to arres… (Read more)

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