The US authorities have arrested a woman on Sunday suspected of sending a package containing ricin poison to US President Donald Trump last week.
This person has been intercepted at a border crossing in New York State when he intended to enter the United States from Canada. The woman carried a weapon, as reported by the US network CNN, which quotes a police official.
While the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has stated that is not in a position to confirm or deny a possible arrest, this weekend he already communicated that he was working with the United States Federal Police (FBI) in this case.
The presence of ricin, a very toxic substance that is extracted from castor beans, was confirmed by two analyzes. All mail from the White House is sorted and analyzed in an off-site facility prior to reaching the premises of what is the official residence and primary workplace of the President of the United States.
The FBI and the Secret Service are already investigating what they have called a “mysterious letter.” “At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.”, said the police force in a statement released through Twitter.
Ricin, which can be in powder, granule, mist or acid form, has been used in terrorist acts. If ingested it causes nausea, vomiting, and internal bleeding in the stomach and intestines. These symptoms are followed by liver and kidney failure and, finally, death from the collapse of the circulatory system.