A Canadian woman suspected of sending an envelope with ricin to the White House was arrested on Sunday after trying to enter the United States, The New York Times reports.
The woman, who has not been identified, was detained by Customs and Border Protection agents while trying to re-enter the US, which deported her last year for engaging in criminal activity, according to the report.
She had a firearm when she tried to cross the US-Canada border into Buffalo, officials said.
She is in the custody of the agency and is expected to be charged by the US Attorney’s office in Washington DC.
Suspect was deported:
The woman had lived in the US last year before she was arrested last March in Texas for possession of an unlicensed weapon, resisting arrest, and carrying a fake driver’s license.
Authorities discovered that she had overstayed her six-month visa and violated the terms of her passport by committing a crime in the US, prompting her deportation.
Authorities say they did not find a link to any terrorist groups.
“An arrest was made of an individual allegedly responsible for sending a suspicious letter,” the F.B.I. said in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing.”
Envelopes were sent to Texas too:
Envelopes of ricin were sent to the White House as well as a sheriff’s office in Texas and a detention facility in the state. All of the envelopes were intercepted.
The envelope to the White House was addressed directly to Trump.
The envelope was intercepted at an off-site processing facility before it reached the White House.