Trump Receives Package With Deadly Poison, Woman Arrested For Allegedly Sending It

Trump Receives Package With Deadly Poison, Woman Arrested For Allegedly Sending It

A woman has been taken into custody for allegedly sending the letter.

Image Source: Getty Images/U.S. President Donald Trump walks along the South Lawn to the White House on September 19, 2020, in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveled to North Carolina for a campaign rally. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

A package containing the poisonous ricin, addressed to President Donald J Trump, was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, reports CNN. Two tests were done to detect the presence of the poisonous substance. All mail addressed to the White House is screened at an offsite facility before reaching 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and according to Law Enforcement officials, the package is believed to have made its way to the White House from Canada. "We are aware of the concerning reports of packages containing ricin directed toward US federal government sites," Mary-Liz Power, the chief spokeswoman for Canada's Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair, said in a statement.


"Canadian law enforcement is working closely with their US counterparts. As this is an active investigation we cannot comment further." An investigation is reportedly being led by the FBI and Secret Service. "The FBI and our US Secret Service and US Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a US government mail facility. At this time, there is no known threat to public safety," the FBI's Washington field office said in a statement to the outlet. A US law enforcement official also revealed that investigation is underway regarding packages sent to addresses in Texas, as it could possibly be from the same sender.


Ricin is a highly toxic compound that is extracted from castor beans and used in powder, pellet, mist, or acid form. It's known to have been used in terror plots, and if ingested can cause "nausea, vomiting, and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen, and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system." It only takes about 500 milligrams to kill an adult. According to the CDC, there's no known antidote for ricin poisoning, and "the most important factor is avoiding ricin exposure in the first place." There seems to be no specific test for exposure either. 


An update on the situation by CNN revealed that a woman had been taken into custody for allegedly sending the poisoned parcel to Trump. She was arrested by officials when she tried to enter the US from Canada at a border crossing in New York state, a US law enforcement official said. The official added that the woman was carrying a gun and arrested by US authorities. A person who is familiar with the investigation said that the letter was mailed from St. Hubert, Quebec. The parcel contained a granular substance that looked similar to ground castor beans.


Eli House commented on Facebook: Praying for the safety of President Trump. Even if you disagree with someone, it's no excuse to wish harm on them. Bobbie Holliday added: If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try for the love of God, again. Darlene Baker questioned: They can find the person who did this but they can not find the Russians who are interfering in the elections something wrong with this picture. MiguelRose Tinajero shared: I’m not voting for trump but don’t wish for him to be harmed either. Glad he is safe and the person responsible was arrested. Sherrell Leland commented: It’s probably another Trump hoax!!! Because we all know he is the king of fake news


Recommended for you